Park hosts Explorers Kitchen Chemist Camp

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Children worked on sand art crafts kicking off the final day of the Explorers Kitchen Chemist Camp at MetroPark Farms.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Twelve campers attended Mill Creek Park's Explorers Kitchen Chemist camp starting on July 15 for children ages 7-9 years-old.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Children took notes and drew photos in notebooks provided by the Mill Creek Park for the Explorers Kitchen Chemists camp.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Children assisted by camp helpers worked on sand art at the Explorers Kitchen Chemist summer camp on July 19 at the MetroParks Farms.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Children created sand art in the shape of pizzas on July 19 at the MetroParks Farm's Explorers Kitchen Chemists summer camp.

By JESSICA HARKER

jharker@vindy.com

The Mill Creek MetroParks hosted the Explorers Kitchen Chemist Camp for children ages 7-9.

Brenda Markley, a naturalist with the Metro Parks, hosted the camps from July 15-19.

“Our goal from Monday through Friday was to discover where the different parts of our pizza come from,” Markley said.

She said that each day children explored a different area of food, from wheats and grains, veggies, fruit and dairy.

During the week children toured the MetroParks Farm and met the animals and saw the plants.

Children also toured different parts of the park, according to Markley, and learned about the history.

“We learned how popcorn popped, we got to see all the animals, they even made homemade cheese,” Markley said.

She said that each day the camp kicked off with a craft done by the students.

They painted ornaments of farm animals, created pizza themed sand art, and colored pictures.

Markley said that they also read a number of books throughout the week that fit with the theme.

Children were also given a notebook to answer questions in and draw in that they got to take home at the end of the week.

“We really want to teach them at a young age to appreciate the food they have and to understand where it comes from,” Markley said.

The camp concluded on Friday with a pizza party.

For more information on park events, go to www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

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