Creek Critters, Stream Stomp Returning to Dalton State
The Dalton State Foundation is reviving two of the College’s most popular summer science camps for kids. “Creek Critters” and “Stream Stomp,” which both introduce children to the wonders of stream ecosystems, will be offered in June for children ages five through 11.
As they were in the past, both programs will be led by Dalton State Biology instructors Dr. John and Gretchen Lugthart.
“Creek Critters and Stream Stomp offer terrific opportunities for curious children to learn about streams and the creatures that live within them,” said Dr. Lugthart. “They will help find bugs, crayfish and salamanders in the creek and then get a really close look at them through microscopes in the lab.
“The older children will also explore the forested areas around College Creek and on the college trails. In the lab, they’ll take a virtual journey to the Conasauga River Watershed on Google Earth and perform experiments to learn the physics and chemistry of water,” he said. “They’ll learn how water moves underground by making an edible aquifer, and everyone will go away with an increased awareness of how essential each one of us is to protecting and conserving our water resources.”
Creek Critters is designed for children ages five to six and will meet from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on two consecutive Monday afternoons, June 6 and June 13. Cost of the class is $75; a discount is offered for children of Dalton State alumni.
Stream Stomp, for kids seven to 11, will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on two consecutive Fridays, June 10 and June 17. Cost of Stream Stomp is $90 with a discount offered for children of alumni.
All participants are advised to wear old clothes and shoes that can get wet.Space is limited in both classes; registration before May 25 and advance payment are required. To register or to learn more, contact the Dalton State Foundation at 706-272-4473 before May 25.