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Elementary age students running to pick up a piece of recycling on the ground under a canopy of trees. A row of recycle bins cuts through the center of the image. One student is running towards the camera, while another is dropping a piece of recycling in the buckets. Other students and camp counselors look on.

Adventure Camp 2021: Photo Gallery.

For the very first time the Conservancy has been offering a free outdoor summer program dubbed, “Adventure Camp.” With funding support from The San Diego Foundation, our education team developed an outdoor education program for underserved Escondido Youth Campers enabling them to explore the enchanting Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve.

The first weeks were a rousing success! Campers have been discovering the natural world by hiking, playing, and conducting hands-on science! Campers are learning about reptiles, pollinators, connected waterways and nature. Our incredibly talented volunteers including Lead Camp Instructor, Seekey Cacciatore along with interns and volunteers Melissa Reyes, Harmony Albarran, Al Bates and Eric Parazak are keep the kids engaged with nature each day.

The week wouldn’t be possible without the help of Marvin Valverde, aka Marvin the Moth Man. He transports the students too and from the Elfin Forest each day. A big thanks to the San Diego River Park Foundation for letting us use their transport van!

The success of this years Adventure Camp has been incredibly rewarding after a very long 2020. It’s gratifying to be part of our camper’s journey into the natural world, and we’ve been able to spend a lot of time outdoors! We’re looking forward to expanding the Adventure Camp program in 2022 and beyond. Than you for continuing to support our outdoor education efforts.

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