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Ages 11-14:  Wilderness Adventure 

July 17-21, 2017 (FULL)

NEW Dates Available! August 14-18, 2017 (optional overnight on August 17)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Whether you are joining Wilderness Adventure for the first time or returning for another year, there are always new skills to learn and friends to meet! Join us for a combination of high adventure activities and wilderness living skills that promote self-confidence while developing a sense of wonder about nature.  This camp will include challenge course team building; active adventure elements such as remote backpacking, map and compass navigation; and river paddling. It will also allow participants to gain knowledge of plants, mammals, tracking, birds and wilderness survival skills.  Our qualified instructors will guide students into new and challenging experiences that nurture their connection to the earth and serve them for a lifetime.  Past Nature Nuts campers will have an opportunity to build the wilderness foundation skills they have already gained.  This camp is also a pre-requisite for Wilderness Leadership camp. The optional Thursday night overnight will give participants the opportunity to expand their wilderness cooking skills, fire building, and leave-no-trace camping skills; hone their night-time nature awareness; and do some guided evening star gazing if weather permits.  Additional female staff will chaperone the overnight.

Fees: $80 Monday-Friday (youth must pack own lunch); $30 Optional overnight (fee includes supper and breakfast)
Limit:  15 children
Registration Deadline: June 30, 2017

Instructors:  Nicholas Gale (Wilderness Adventure and Leadership) is a certified wilderness guide through a year-long primitive living immersion course.  He has been teaching summer camps and community programs at the Reserve for over 10 years.
Bill Humphrey (Wilderness Adventure and Leadership) is the owner of Essential Skills Outdoor School.  He is a certified climbing instructor with over 20 years rock climbing and teaching experience.  Bill is a member of American Mountain Guides Association and a certified Wilderness First Responder through Wilderness Medical Associates.


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NEW!  Space Rocks

July 31 - August 4, 2017    
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The rocks and landscape of KVR tell an amazing story.  The girls and boys of Space Rocks will hike and explore the unique geology of the KVR and learn how to read that story.  They will learn the basics of scientific field work, take part in activities developed for NASA, work with meteorite samples, and learn about the conditions which could support life beyond Earth. Campers will use these skills to become planetary geologists discovering other worlds of our solar system such as Mars, Ceres, Pluto, and Charon and learning to read the stories of their rocks and landscapes.  Far out!

Fee:  $80 (youth must pack own lunch)
Limit:  12 children
Registration Deadline:  July 14, 2017
Instructors: John Heasley is an experienced space educator who has taught young people about the geology of this world and other worlds at KVR, UW-Richland, Taliesin, elementary schools, state parks, and libraries.  He taught English for 25 years at Richland Center High School and is certified by NASA to handle lunar and meteorite samples.  There will also be visits by guest speakers.

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