Town looking for outdoor explorers

By Staff

Morinville – The Town of Morinville is planning a week of outdoor adventure July 18 – 22. The Outdoor Explorers program offers children aged 6 to 12 an opportunity to explore the great outdoors with hiking and learning about plants and animals.

“It’s a weeklong camp we’re running for the youth,” said Hayden Brenneis, Morinville’s summer community coordinator. “We’re looking to get them outdoors and kind of get that appreciation for nature going.”

Part of that communing with nature will take place at Elk Island National Park where a graduate of the NAIT Forestry program will give the children a tour of the park. “It’s kind of a nature walk that will give kids a lesson on what the plants are,” Brenneis said.

But the trip to Elk Island is not the only excursion planned for the week. Children will also be visiting Discovery Wildlife Park where they’ll get to see some animals common to the wilds of North America. “It’s a good sanctuary for the animals,” Brenneis said. “A lot of grizzly bears, Kodiak bears, and a lot of them are actually performing bears. In addition to seeing bears close up, children will receive a course on bear safety.

Additionally, participants will be given a plant press so they can press then frame their own plants during the Morinville portions of the program.

Brenneis said he’s hoping area children will take advantage of the week-long program, an opportunity to participate in something children don’t always get an opportunity to see. “Living in the city there’s not a lot of nature around,” he said. “We’re just trying to get them out and back to the roots.”

Cost of the program is $150 per child. For more information contact the Town of Morinville at 780-939-7839.

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