This month, young campers will be able to experience being a wetland biologist while enjoying the marvels of coastal environments and wildlife on South Padre Island.
The South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center and Alligator Sanctuary is gearing up to host two Coastal Nature Camp sessions.
One camp session will be held from June 15 to June 18 and the other will be held from June 22 to June 25.
“The kids get to be wetland biologists and learn all about nature here through fun activities,” naturalist educator and Coastal Nature Camp director Javier Gonzalez said. “They always really enjoy it.”
The camps will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Campers are able to be dropped off 15 minutes before the camp starts.
Each camp session is limited to 10 campers between the ages of eight and 12.
Lunch will be provided each day. Campers are also able to bring their own lunch if they desire to.
Most of the camp will be spent outdoors with some indoor instruction held before and after activities.
Gonzalez said by the time camp is done, participants will have a good understanding about the importance of wetlands, how they function and how wildlife utilizes it and plays a role in the ecosystem.
During the session, campers will first learn about wetland ecology and the importance of healthy environments for wildlife.
Then they will learn how to assess the health of the wetlands through field activities, such as water quality testing, bird surveys, dragonfly dip-netting, mammal plaster casts and fish prints.
“It’s a great time to be here and experience the Nature Center because there’s so much life to see in the summertime from fish being born to crabs, birds, baby birds and alligators,” Gonzalez said. “It’s a good way for kids to realize how special this area is and to really discover the nature of the coast.”
A camp session costs $100 per camper. To register, visit www.spibirding.com/coastal-nature-camp-2021