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Local children study plants, wildlife at aquarium camp

MEDICINE PARK  A group of children have a greater understanding of their local wildlife and plant life after participating in the Medicine Park Aquarium and Natural Sciences Center summer camp activities. 

Fourteen children participated in the week-long camp, which began Monday at the aquarium. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day they learned about physical science, biology, the environment and  of course  fish and underwater creatures. This was the first summer camp hosted by the aquarium since it opened last year and it was such a success, another is being planned for later this year, said Colleen Edwards, education and volunteer program manager.

"It's been a really big hit for us," she said. "We have the unique opportunity for them to come and learn about all the animals and natural wildlife they can't find anywhere else."

Each day, the camp children learned something different about the natural world around them. Edwards divided the camp into fun learning activities, experiments, observations and fun and games. Children learned about the different species of fish and animals in the aquarium, they observed and studied the plants growing in the natural botanical gardens and even dissected a catfish in the aquarium pavilion. Each day featured a new activity and adventure for the children.

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