Today’s kids will one day be running the world. It’s a sometimes scary, but nonetheless true, fact. This is why kid’s programs are so important, because if we don’t teach them about the land and conservation, how will they ever know to care? Camp Prairie Creek is a kid’s camp that does just this, it teaches kids to love nature and to take care of our natural history. Red-tail agrees with this mission and so yesterday, August 8,2013, we went out and led the kids on nature hikes through the woods over at Rainbow farms, where the camp was held. We taught them about the beauty of the woods and how important succession is, and while this can be a big concept for elementary aged children, the thought of a woods growing and living is not. It was a joy to see the kids engaging in discussions on the types of plants and the sizes of the trees. Their young minds are so open and inquisitive that if you pointed out a noticeable tree, such as the shagbark hickory, the kids would constantly point out every shagbark they could see. As a reward for being such great students we passed out Reddy Red-tail Kid’s Club Bandannas, which the kids just loved.
After we had been on some hikes it was time for lunch, and boy, we were all ready for a break at that time. We cooled off in the big shelter at Rainbow farms and while we ate some drummers came and played some rhythms on the large African drums. The kids were fascinated and so after lunch everyone got an instrument and learned how to play in a drum circle. The pictures are of everyone playing their instruments.