Tenn. Dept. of Environment and Conservation announces virtual summer camp for kids

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation today announced it will host a virtual summer camp for environmental education.

The camp will be geared for students K-12, and will be held in June and July through social media platforms, according to a press release.

From the press release:

“We know many young people are being impacted by COVID-19 guidelines and are looking for ways to enjoy their summer,” Kendra Abkowitz, director of TDEC’s Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices, said. “We hope the Virtual Summer Camp will be a way to stay engaged, have fun, and learn about environmental responsibility.”

The camp will begin June 1and have daily activities intended for enjoyment and education.

Each week, camp students can participate in Make a Difference Mondays, Trash Reduction Tuesdays, Wildlife Wednesdays, Earth Friendly Thursdays and Food Waste Fridays.

The activities will utilize TDEC staff, including those from Tennessee State Parks and environmental program areas, as well as feature nonprofits Turnip Green Creative Reuse and Urban Green Lab.

No registration is required.

Anyone interested can log on daily at 10 a.m. to the Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices Facebook page.

Activities will later be shared on Instagram and on the Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices web page where parents, students and teachers can access them anytime, according to the press release.

The summer camp will feature programming and resources including virtual hikes, arts and crafts, storybook readings, virtual wildlife presentations, science experiments and nature activities.

The Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TNSustainability/ and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/thestateofsustainability/.