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Morris Green Summer Programs Offer Outreach and Opportunity

Posted by Pengxeu Thao '15, Roseville on Thursday, Jun. 13, 2013

The University of Minnesota, Morris will host a youth camp and prove renewable energy tours this summer. These programs aim to engage families, children, and community members of all ages.

Nature Quest Camp is a day-camp intended to help kids consider their relationship with nature through engaging experiences. Children will have the opportunity to learn about biodiversity, composting, and sustainable energy with various hands-on activities. Camp activities include making energy from the sun and wind, creating recycled journals, and examining daily interaction with the environment through songs and skits. According to Paige Scarborough, Morris GreenCorps member and Green Summer staffer, the camp is “one of the only [camps] in the region with this much immersion in [nature].”

“The key focus of the camp is to consider our relationship with nature in fun ways,” says Troy Goodnough, sustainability director. “Last year kids had a blast, learned a lot, and filled their nature passports with all kinds of new experiences.”

Nature Quest Camp is open to children entering grades 4 and 5. Camp will be held on the University campus July 15-18 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost of attendance is $95.

Morris is also offering tours of its renewable energy facilities, including biomass plant solar technology and wind turbines. These guided tours will highlight renewable energy technologies on campus and inform participants about sustainability projects and research conducted by Morris students, staff, faculty, and the community.

All tours are are free and open to the public. They will take place July 13 (departing from East Side Park), July 26 (departing from the campus Welcome Center), and August 10 (departing the Stevens County Fairgrounds from the Lee Community Center). Tours will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m.

The deadline for Nature Quest Camp registration is June 25. Pre-registration for the tours is encouraged, although all are welcome to attend. Additional information for both programs is available online or by phone at 320-589-6468.

Photo above: Goodnough leads a group of farmers and agriculture advisors on a tour of the biomass gasifier facility.