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Grand Traverse Conservation District offers camps to get kids outside and active

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(WPBN/WGTU)--With months off from school, kids can sometimes run out of things to do.

So if you're looking for something to get your kids outside and active, look no further than the Grand Traverse Conservation District.

All summer long, Victoria Tatum is introducing kids to nature.

"A lot of kids spend a lot of time inside these days, so it's actually really awesome to watch them fall in love with nature," said Tatum.

Tatums is a camp director with the Grand Traverse Conservation District, which offers week-long day camps for kids ages 4 to 11.

"You can chose to come for the whole week, so five days, or we also this summer set it up so you can sign up for daily's, which would be two days a week for at least three weeks of camp."

Every week of camp features a different theme, teaching a different lesson about nature.

"This week, like I said, is River Rangers, and we're focusing on freshwater stewardship and how we can take care of the environment and just learning about the great resource we have in northern Michigan, being our freshwater lakes and rivers."

Getting kids outside and active gives them more than just exercise, it gives them knowledge about the environment and an appreciation for the world around them.

"I think if we want kids to embrace nature, if we want them to be good stewards of our environment, they need to learn about nature, they need to embrace nature, they need to experience nature," said Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Conservation District Marsha Barber Clark.

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