Summer camps are in full swing now that school is out, and one area camp is teaching kids about healthy eating, and growing their own food. At Urban Roots in west Reno campers are immersed in the outdoors.
Kimberly Lessman is the Education Coordinator for Garden Classrooms at Urban Roots. She says the kids love being outdoors. "A lot of hands-on activities to get kids really excited," she said.
Monday campers learned about the life cycle of a butterfly by acting out the various stages. "They actually mimic the life cycle of the caterpillar and the butterfly going through metamorphosis,” said Lessman.
The mission at Urban Roots is to teach kids and adults about where food comes from, and the gardens provide the perfect setting. Ten year-old Andon Miles enjoys the camp sessions in the garden. "Last week we made tomato teepees and we got to try some herbs from the herb gardens over there," she said.
Lessman says one of their favorite things is getting snacks out of the garden. “Actually pulling the vegetables out of the garden is something they really, really enjoy,” she said.
Parents love the hands-on nature of the camps. "They said that they love when their kids come home covered in dirt. They're exhausted and they've had a full day of learning. They usually reiterate everything they've learned in the car on the way home. The parents love it," said Lessman.
This week the theme is “Alice in the Garden,” and later this week characters from Alice in Wonderland will visit the campers as they learn about caterpillars, butterflies and curiosity.