Looking for something entertaining and eco for your kids to do this spring break? Look no further than your local zoo, children's museum, park or science center. Many of these locations offer great activities for kids during spring break with an emphasis on nature and the environment. Some, like the programs mentioned below, even have fully designed spring break camps that can help kids make the most of their time off. Here are a few spring break eco-camps from around the country that look like they'd be fun for budding environmentalists:
Science in the Park: California Science Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Campers explore the science center and surrounding grounds as they learn about city animals, the science of fear, rockets, biology and the power of light. Open to kids in grades K-5. (April 18-22, 2011.)
Spring Break Camp: Chicago Botanic Gardens in Chicago. Chicago kids get down and dirty with nature at this camp where they'll dissect and plant seeds, explore fragrant herbs and flowers, search for birds and early spring plants on nature hikes, take a trolley ride around the garden, and create take-home science-themed projects. Open to kids ages 5-8. (March 28–April 1, 2011.)
Zooper Day Camp: Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Campers will go wild as they learn how to find food, escape predators, conserve energy, locate watering hole — all the skills they would need as an animal trying to survive in the wild. Open to ages 4-9. (April 18-22, 2011.)
Spring Break Escape: Sam Noble Museum in Norman, Okla. Activities include art workshops, nature hikes, storytelling, a science magician, face painting, scavenger hunt and more, and it's all free with the day's museum admission. Ages vary. (March 14–18, 2011.)
Plant to Plate Camp: Taste Buds Kitchen in New York City. Budding gardners and foodies will love this camp where they'll learn about growing and preparing fresh, local food. Each day kids will pick a fresh ingredient, plant the seeds to grow it, and then cook a meal with it. Ages 4-13. (March 21-25, 2011.)
Eco Friends Spring Break Camp: Trinity United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas. Kids will learn the basics of environmental education at this day camp where they'll collect samples from nature, documenting what they see, and enjoy hands-on learning about wildlife, habitats, and ecosystems. Ages 4-7. (March 14-18, 2011.)
Do you know of any more programs we should add to the list?
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