Nature Matters: Plenty Of Summer Activities For Kids At Hartley Nature Center In Duluth

By KBJR News 1

July 5, 2011 Updated Jul 5, 2011 at 4:48 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)

Like a nest of mallard ducklings, these six and seven year olds are following their leader.

She's taking them deep into Hartley Park for fun and knowledge.

"Each day, we're reading a Native American legend and then we base our activity on that story." said teacher Jane Schmid.

The little ones are taking part in just one of many day camps offered this summer by Hartley Nature Center.

"We have a full schedule here. We run 9 weeks of day camp programs for youth ages 2 to 15." said Brett Amundson of Hartley Nature Center.

There are 76 such camps going on.

"We have fishing camps and some globe trekker GPS type camps." said Amundson.

And plenty of other activities among the 74 other camps.

No, they're not offering a yard work camp.

These boys are volunteers from Outward Bound doing community service.

The other camps are much more fun and generally run by summer interns.

Jane Schmid is a student from New York who enjoys working with children.

"Yes, I'm really enjoying it so far. It's great to be outside with them." said Schmid.

While they're outside, the kids get off the couch, get active and get educated.

"Different educational opportunities allow them to explore nature in a different level and gives them a great educational activity in the summer time." said Amundson.

There are many more camps to go during the rest of summer.

Parents interested in signing their kids up can stop by Hartley Nature Center on Woodland Avenue in Duluth.