Junior Indiana Master Naturalist Camp at Chain O’ Lakes

The mission of the Junior Indiana Master Naturalist program is to bring together natural resource specialists with young people, ages 9-13, to foster an understanding of Indiana’s plants, water, soils and wildlife, and promote volunteer service in local communities.

According to Howard Luehrs, Chain O’ Lakes park naturalist, “this is a great opportunity for any child interested in the outdoors to learn hands-on from experts working in the field.” “Campers can hike away on Friday knowing more about the environment around them and how to safely explore it.”

There will be eight two-hour sessions, Monday – Thursday, focusing on Indiana’s natural resources in hands-on, age-appropriate ways. Topics include aquatics, outdoor skills, botany, zoology, geology, outdoor skills, and people and natural resources. Friday they will organize a two-hour session of volunteer time at the park and finish up with a picnic.

The Junior Indiana Master Naturalist (JIMN) Program provides childrenwith many hands-on opportunities to learn about their Hoosier natural resources. The camp will:

* Provide an introduction to Hoosier natural resources through the eyes of resource professionals and experts in the field.

* Provide a fun and educational opportunity for individuals entering grades 5-8.

* Provide an opportunity for course participants to establish a short or long-term partnership with a natural resources agency or local organization involved in natural resource management by volunteering six hours of service as a part of the course

The fee for the camp is $50.00, which includes course materials, snacks, and Friday’s picnic. Campers are expected to attend all sessions and complete six hours of volunteer service to complete the camp and receive certification. Campers should bring their own lunch, which will be eaten at the beach, and swim trunks and towels. Interested parties can learn more at www.in.gov/dnr/ masternaturalist.htm, or email chaininterp@dnr.in. gov<mailto:chaininterp@dnr.in.gov>, or call the park at (260) 636-2654.

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