A lottery drawing will be held to select 30 participants (ages 9 to 12 years old) for this summer's Camp F.I.R.E. (Fun In Resource Exploration) at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Runge Conservation Nature Center.
The free five-day youth camp will be held June 4th through the 8th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Fridau and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
Children randomly selected to attend will be notified on May 14. To register, pick-up a form at Runge Nature Center or call 573-526-5544 to have one mailed. Registration forms will be accepted through May 9.
According to the MDC:
"This year, participants will focus on Missouriâ??s prairie community. Campers will be immersed in the prairie ecosystem and enjoy an off-site field trip to a prairie area. They will be able to imagine what life was like as Native Americans and early pioneers by visiting an authentic teepee and a pioneer campsite. Campers will experience old time games, tomahawk throwing, nature weaving and other historic prairie skills. Plus, they will be instructed in archery and have time to hone their skills throughout the week.
"Campers will also have various ways to discover nature through hands-on activities such as investigating and collecting wildlife on a prairie study area, meeting live prairie animals, trying out prairie management tools, and getting immersed in prairie grasses and forbs."
Runge Nature Center is located on Hwy 179 in Jefferson City approximately .5 mile north of Hwy 50. Building hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The building is closed on Sunday and Monday. The outdoor trails are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.