HENDERSON, Ky. –  John James Audubon State Park will host its first “Grow Up Green” summer day camp July 16-18 for children ages 8-12.


The camp is a community partnership between the park, Methodist Hospital, Henderson Farmer’s Market, Henderson Recycling, and Yoga Here and Now. During this three-day camp, children will learn “green” habits like healthy eating and cooking, reducing resources, recycling and re-purposing items, and taking care of their physical and mental health with yoga.


“We have so many resources here in Henderson that promote healthy living,” said Beth Tompkins, John James Audubon State Park business manager and camp director. “We wanted to bring those resources together and get our local kids involved and educated in healthy practices. Our goal is for them to be able to navigate the supermarket, the farmer’s market, recycling center, and our trails here at the park and not be intimidated.”


Camp activities include a daily trail hike; “Healthy Habits” talk presented by Methodist Hospital; “Vegetable Petting Zoo” where students will have the opportunity to see, touch, and taste vegetables they don’t regularly see served; a healthy cooking class at the park; “Ask a Farmer” presented by the Henderson Farmer’s Market; a re-purposing arts and crafts lab, where students will turn trash to treasure; “The Truth About Trash” presented by the Henderson Recycling Center; “Kids Yoga” presented by Kyle Arnett with Yoga Here and Now; and a daily trivia game that will culminate with a final trivia round of parents vs. kids.


The camp will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lakeview Shelter. Registration for the camp is $35 per student and preregistration must be made by July 8. Limited spots are available. Contact Beth Tompkins at 270-826-2247 or beth.tompkins@ky.gov for more information or if you are interested in sponsoring a child’s tuition.





The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov



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