TROY — Summer fun was in full swing this past week for 15 children from Garden Manor as they attended the annual summer nature camp at Brukner Nature Center.
Sponsored by Troy Rotary, this weeklong event combined outdoor fun with hands-on education to understand the importance of wildlife and wild places. The children, ages 5-11 spent their time learning about preservation and conservation as they met wildlife, like owls, snakes and toads, in their own habitat.
This is the fourth year for the camp. As in the past, Troy Rotarians provided transportation to and from Brukner Nature Center for the campers each day where they enjoyed breakfast and healthy snacks. The hours were filled with a variety of activities, including a fun wade through the creek on the property while wearing new pairs of Crocs provided to each child.
Every camper got to take home butterfly nets, field guides, crafts, bug jars, a special camp journal and a commemorative T-shirt. Before camp finished up on Aug. 5, each child received a new pair of athletic shoes and socks they can wear to school when classes begin later this month, all provided through the Rotarians’ support. Located at 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road in Troy, Brukner Nature Center offers various programs throughout the year, and the public is always welcome. Members enjoy free admission every day, and admission for nonmembers is $2.50 per person or $10 per family Monday-Saturday, payable by cash or check. Admission is free on Sundays. To learn more about Brukner Nature Center, visit www.bruknernaturecenter.com.
Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation support several community projects annually. During the 2015-16 Rotary year, over $23,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including support for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, Rotary’s annual Shoe Project, academic and community service scholarships, and sponsorship to another summer camp at WACO Air Museum. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership, visit troyohiorotary.org.