Prairie Rivers of Iowa RC&D announces the second year of the summer Kids Conservation Day Camp, Wild Warriors, which is to be held two weeks: July 28 – Aug. 1 and Aug. 4 - 8 in Ames.

On the first day of camp last year, campers were asked to define conservation. Many of the 10-12 year olds did not even know what the term meant. Throughout the four-day experience, they were able to build their own definition of conservation by being exposed to hands-on activities outdoors and experiencing different types of the ambiguous concept. Campers visited a sustainable farm that ran on solar panels and a self-installed windmill, explored the plant and wildlife diversity on a restored prairie and traveled back in time as they learned about the history of an 1800’s grocery store located in State Center.

When asked to define the term conservation at the end of camp, 10 year-old Malik Davis said, "Conservation to me is preserving something. Sometimes people may be historians and they may want to preserve history and artifacts. But conservation means to preserve nature, stories, artifacts… anything for a future generation."

With last year’s successes, Wild Warriors has expanded to a camp that offers two one-week sessions. The first week, "Learning to Love the Outdoors," exposes campers to the great outdoors and all of its recreational and education opportunities, and the second week, "Art and Science Behind Conservation," has campers exploring the connection between history and nature through the study of Native American life and the lifestyle of early Iowa settlers.

Campers this year will learn about Iowa’s environment, natural resources, agriculture and history by experiencing first-hand authentic outdoor education and recreation that are found along the historic Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway.

This camp is a part of the Kids on the Byway Program that is managed by Prairie Rivers of Iowa. Kids on the Byway, in part funded by REAP CEP, is a program that offers elementary school students authentic learning experiences that incorporate environmental education into existing school curriculum. To learn more about camp and registration, visit www.prrcd.org/what-we-do/camp/.

About Prairie Rivers of Iowa

Prairie Rivers of Iowa is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization committed to strengthening Iowa’s communities through the responsible stewardship of our natural resources. We manage the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway for the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Iowa Byways program. Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s programs help Iowans conserve our state’s natural and historical resources to enrich the lives of current and future generations. To learn more, please visit www.prrcd.org and like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/prrcd).

About DNR-Conservation Education Program

Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP): Invest in Iowa, our outdoors, our heritage, our people. REAP is supported by the state of Iowa, providing funding to public and private partners for natural and cultural resource projects, including water quality, wildlife habitat, soil conservation, parks, trails, historic preservation and more. To learn more, please visit http://www.iowadnr.gov/Portals/idnr/uploads/REAP/files/cep_manual.pdf.