Why Should Kids Have All the Fun? Summer Camp for Parents!

Written by Matt Flower
    Thursday, 02 May 2013
Why Should Kids Have All the Fun? Summer Camp for Parents!

Pssst...parents. I have a brilliant plan! Don't tell your kids, but I'm leading a Summer Camp for Parents. Year after year, I have parents and adults telling me how lucky I am to have a job that’s so much fun. They wail and complain, "Why should my kids be the ONLY ones in the family to have all the fun?", "Why should they be the ONLY ones who get to learn, play, exercise and explore?" So this year we're gonna have some fun - just us adults!

Shhh...we need to come up with a cover story. We'll tell others that it’s a chance to sharpen your naturalist skills and learn outdoor skills to help guide your kids. We'll plan activities like learning how to identify plants, trees and birds; completing a biotic index on macro-invertabrates in the Milwaukee River; collecting evidence and fossils from the Devonian period to better understand Milwaukee's geological history; gathering intelligence on various Milwaukee County parks; and performing experiments on the physics of rocks skimming across water. Trust me, they'll believe that our intentions are very adult and boring. Little do they know that we'll be biking, hiking, canoeing, fishing and exploring for a whole week!

If you'd like to join me in this revolutionary coup d'état, aka Summer Camp for Parents during the week of July 22nd - July 26th from 1:00pm- 3:30pm each day, contact the Urban Ecology Center at (414) 964-8505 or visit our Summer Camps website to sign up!


Matt Flower

Matt Flower

Environmental Educator Matt Flower joined the Urban Ecology Center in 2006.  Matt received his Naturalist training at Riveredge Nature Center in Newburg, Wisconsin and was an Educator and Land Manager at Neighborhood House’s Nature Center. He is married with two young children. Matt’s interests include birds, wild edibles, trees, winter ecology and, most of all, teaching kids how to explore wild spaces and make nature come alive. For Matt, a smile is worth a thousand words. He finds it empowering to work with people who love what they do.


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