Wapello County Conservation to offer summer camps amid pandemic

Wapello County Conservation Camps
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Published: Jun. 24, 2020 at 12:21 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - The Wapello County Conservation is excited to be one of the first to offer summer camps amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We don’t see the point in our job if we can’t teach people,” said Annette Wittrock a naturalist on the WCC board.

Beginning in just two weeks, July 6th, small camps will resume. Keeping the groups to 10 and with two group leaders 8 children will be able to join the older groups and 4 children will be able to join the toddler group. Each day there will be a temperature checks and safety measures will be in place. All the camps will be held outdoors.

"You can keep your distance, you know, you're less likely to be in contact with all that stuff," said Wittrock.

Several other conservation boards have canceled events through the fall but Wittrock notes Wapello County felt strongly about being able to be a resource and give students an opportunity to learn again.

“We can do our part and get people out and give those kids a little bit of normalcy and get them ready to learn again because I think they’re ready for it. I think they want that process back in their lives like a little bit of structure and learning.”

To sign up for the camps below you can call 641-682-3091, email, or send a message on Facebook. The Junior Naturalist Camp is full, but Wittrock said a wait list is being complied.

July 9th ‘Snakes’ for ages 2-4 with an adult. $5 per person, 9-11 A.M.

July 13th-16th ‘Junior Naturalist Camp’ for ages 8-12. $60 per person, 9-3 P.M.

July 22nd-23rd ‘Overnight Paddle Camp’ for ages 13-15. $60 per person, 9-3/4 P.M.

July 27th-29th ‘Art and Patterns in Nature’ for ages 5-7. $40 per person, 9-3 P.M.

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