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NICHES Land Trust, Engage Nature and Duke Energy partner to host Advanced Nature Camp for youth

Nature advocates in Tippecanoe County are targeting youth to help protect our green-space.

Posted: Oct 26, 2019 8:08 PM
Updated: Oct 27, 2019 3:39 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Nature advocates in Tippecanoe County are targeting youth to help protect our green-space.

NICHES Land Trust and Engage Nature have partnered to host Advanced Nature Camp.

Dozens of middle and high-schoolers spent Saturday afternoon at NICHES learning about nature. They also learned about future careers within the nature field.

Dan Rhodes, Duke Energy Community Relations Manager of Lafayette said this camp can have a lasting impact on students, that's why they decided to fund it.

“There's a lot of research out right now that says time out in nature is associated positively with health outcomes and well-being outcomes and so we really want to encourage young people to get out in nature and establish these habits that can have positive lifelong benefits,” said Rhodes.

Sam Cody, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator with NICHES Land Trust and Rebecca Koetz, Program Chair with Engage Nature, say today’s youth play a big part in helping to save the environment, that's why they're doing their part in exposing them to new opportunities.

“It's really important to expose kids to those kinds of career opportunities that they wouldn't learn about normally through their families or through school so this is really a great overall introductory experience for them,” said Koetz.

“In general, I'd just say the world's just getting disconnected from the natural world and that's why I'm doing what I'm doing, it's because I've had these experiences as a kid,” said Cody.

You can find information about Engage Nature you can email the nonprofit at info@engage-nature.org or find them on social media and NICHES Land Trust here.

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