The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 1 through July 3 and meets each day at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee. Youth will explore the Smokies while helping collect research data on crayfish and salamanders. They will also assist with service projects such as controlling exotic plants. While designed with summer fun in mind, campers will also learn about how park rangers use science and technology in their daily jobs.
The program is taught by National Park Service education rangers, and there is no charge for the program, but pre-registration is required.
Summer camp for kids in Waynesville
The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department is offering a fun-filled summer camp for kids from kindergarten to the fifth grade. The camp will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 3 through Aug. 16, at the Waynesville Recreation Center.
There will be games, movies, swim time in the pool, fishing and even a field trip to natural features in the area. The cost is $75 for members of the recreation center or $95 for non-members. Daily enrollment is limited, and reservations required.