Students are enjoying a camp-like atmosphere as they take in their summer education with science field trips.
Students at Camp SNAP in Manatee County might not otherwise be able to experience camp, as they are Title I students. Some of the experiences included searching for marine life in sea grass beds at Emerson Point Preserve. 10-year-old Alex Tayun and Jonathan Puerto were excited about the big catches they made while using small nets.
“We were catching big fish,” said Alex. “We were catching crocodiles,” added Jonathan.
Students spent four days travelng to various sites for hiking, kayaking, and to dip net and learn about nature. This year they went to Emerson Point Preserve, Rye Preserve, the Florida Aquarium and Oscar Scherer State Park.
Students participate in outdoor and classroom activities, so that they are not in the hot sun for the full session. They have been learning about fossils in the area and molding theirs out of clay.
“It brings in the history, as well,” said Megan Johnson, a Title I coordinator who helps run the summer program. Many of the families cannot afford a summer camp experience, so the program encourages science learning and gives students a chance to feel like they are at summer camp.