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Tuesday, October 18 • 4:20pm - 4:40pm
Education/Outreach. Families Understanding Nature Camp: Exposing families to nature through outdoor activities.

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AUTHORS: Karen Crabtree, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries 

ABSTRACT: Families Understanding Nature (F.U.N.) Camp is an educational program designed to promote participation in outdoor activities, awareness of conservation efforts of Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources, as well as develop an appreciation of the outdoors in general.  The program began 20 years ago and has evolved over the years.  However, its primary focus remains to develop interpersonal relationships among the families attending the camps through participation in outdoor activities.  The camp is held on weekends to maximize participation opportunity, and offers an assortment of outdoor activities.  Families are grouped with 2-3 other families to facilitate a bonding relationship within the outdoor experience.  Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries personnel have observed continued personal interactions among camp attendees for many years after initial participation.  An independent study performed by Responsive Management showed high outdoor activity retention among many of the families that attended.  In addition, participant evaluations upon completion of the camp have consistently indicated attendees plan to continue partaking in the outdoor activities learned at the camp.  The program accepts 8-10 families in two camps held annually.  A Father/Child camp is held in the spring and a Mother/Child follows in the fall.  Age limits have been set to maximize the child’s ability to participate in the array of activities offered.  Based on experience, we have concluded that children ages 10-15 have the best experience and stamina to participate in all activities.  FUN Camp is an action packed weekend full of outdoor experiences that many of the participants have never been exposed to prior to attending.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 4:20pm - 4:40pm

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