AMHERST, Mass (WGGB)- Students all around Western Mass are on April vacation this week. Instead of spending the time indoors, watching cartoons or playing video games, The Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst has a unique spring camp program that allows campers to spend 5 days out in nature.
The goal for the camp is to teach kids about who and what they share their home with. They also value unstructured, free play time so that campers can investigate nature on their own.
“Sometimes when you find a den its kind of a mystery of whats in there and I try to find as many clues as I can to find out which animal is in there,” says 8 year old, Rose McCollough.
“We found a dead tree that fell and we were climbing on that and it was really challenging,” adds 8 year old, Alexander Yu.
All of the campers enjoy their pet turtle at the center named Speedy. Spending quality time with these creatures has inspired the future for one 8 year old. “I would like to be a veterinarian or someone who works with nature,” says McCollough.
All of the campers agree they will have plenty to share with their friends when they return to school next week.