Elementary pupils from around the area gathered to learn more about the environment in a fun and educational atmosphere last week at South Cove Park in Storm Lake, building birdhouses and hunting for shells during a half-day camp led by County Naturalist Lisa Meusberger.
The event, the second in a series of four camps held at different parks and recreational areas in Buena Vista County throughout the month, gave eight students the opportunity to discover the meaning of tree rings, why leaving fishing lines on the ground can harm animals and how and why birds migrate. The pupils will also visit Sturchler Park near Newell, BV County Park near Peterson and Gabrielson Park near Sioux Rapids.
Betty Ehlers, the mother of camp students Andrew, Britta and Madison Ehlers, helped Meusberger out during the South Cove experience, and said she was impressed by the way the camp was conducted.
"Lisa works so well with the kids," Ehlers said. "The kids really enjoy this and I think they learn a lot from her."
All of the camps are free of charge.