If you ask kids what they did at Farm Camp, the stories may go on for a long time. There were 25 campers who attend Farm Camp at The Conservation Foundation’s Dickson-Murst Farm in Montgomery.
This week-long day camp introduced kids entering grades 3rd through 7th to both the historic and modern methods of farming while experiencing a little bit of farm life at this historic farmstead.
Staff from the Kendall County Outdoor Education Center, Agriculture in the Classroom, The Conservation Foundation, and volunteers from the Dickson-Murst Farm Partners guided campers through a variety of crafts, soil studies, outdoor cooking, citizenship, woodworking, live animals and other hands-on learning opportunities while campers learned about the rural lifestyle that is part of the region’s cultural heritage. Special guests at camp included the American Plano Legion Post #395. These veterans taught flag etiquette so campers could properly raise, lower and fold our flag each day. On Friday campers welcomed Sondra Shatters, local music teacher, who led kids through a drum circle and shared songs from our rural past.
The Conservation Foundation’s mission is to improve the health of our communities by preserving and restoring natural areas and open space, protecting rivers and watersheds, and promoting stewardship of our environment. Getting children up close to nature and farming, we’re cultivating the next generation of stewards. Learn more about our Youth Programs here.
Work is focused in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties to preserve and restore nature in your neighborhood. Find out more here.