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  •   Summer camp often includes learning about nature, but the Summer Reach camp through Pittsburg State University's Nature Reach program takes it a step further. T...
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    Summer camp often includes learning about nature, but the Summer Reach camp through Pittsburg State University's Nature Reach program takes it a step further.

    The day camp offered a different learning opportunity each day and was filled with activities for students entering or exiting fifth grade to apply what they learned.

    Delia Lister, Nature Reach program coordinator, will be spending her summer teaching about the world around, with Summer Reach camp this week, another one in July and a teacher workshop during the later part of next week.

    Each session is packed with knowledge, activities and, of course, nature.

    "Monday was all about birds," she said, with students adding that some of the games that morning were among the favorites.

    "Tuesday is plant day," Lister continued. "They dug up potatoes and onions, and learned about the life cycle of a seed."

    In the course of the morning, students learned about what plants need, considered the journey of water and studied soil profiles.

    "Yesterday was all about insects and other invertebrates," Lister said Thursday.

    Among the highlights were sessions on insect collecting, beeswax candle making and a look at pond water.

    Thursday brought out the students' inner rock hounds, with each taking time to diligently polish a piece of amber and look for plant or insect fossils beneath the smooth surfaces.

    Today they will be wrapping up with animal tracking and learning about amphibians and reptiles.

    Even the snacks matched the themes, with honey graham crackers on the invertebrate day, "dirt cups" on garden day and a nut, seed and fruit mix on the day students studied birds.

    Lister said a coming camp in July for children entering or leaving second grade is already full, but will explore many of the same themes.

    "We'll be learning about birds and a little bit about plants and mammals," she said. "Just getting them introduced to nature."  
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