The Chambers Creek Eco Adventure Series will give children the chance to spend five days discovering the landscape of Chambers Creek Regional Park through exploration, adventure and creative play. The Pierce County Parks program will be held in July.
Participants, ages 10-14, will work together gaining knowledge of sensory awareness, mapping, earth stewardship and survival skills that can used for a lifetime. The event includes an overnight camp out.
The series begins July 11 with a day devoted to nature awareness and wilderness survival. Activities will heighten participants’ nature awareness and build a sense of self-reliance, self-confidence and wonder. They also will learn wilderness survival and emergency preparedness skills, experience a challenge/team building course and become comfortable in a wild setting.
On July 12, participants will learn how to use a compass and map to find their way through an orienteering course, then learn how to use GPS units to pinpoint a location, mark waypoints, plot courses and create routes.
Earth stewardship will be the focus on July 13. Youths will learn first-hand what environmental issues we face locally and what they can do to help. They should be prepared to get dirty working on some habitat restoration projects and conducting water quality monitoring measurements.
The camp concludes with an overnight camp out at the park July 14-15. Students’ skills will be put to the test as they utilize their new abilities to guide their family through activities that will show what they have learned throughout the week. A barbecued meal will be provided. Families that need camping equipment may borrow from a limited supply of 40 tents, sleeping bags and pads on a first come, first served basis.
Participants should dress according to weather conditions and bring backpacks. Meals will be provided for overnight stay.
The cost is $85 per participant for the five days. The fee includes one parent/guardian and the overnight camp out. It is $5 for each additional family members with a maximum of two per family.
The registration deadline is Saturday. Call 253-798-4141 to register. For more information, go to pierce countywa.org/parks.