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Henderson Camp teaches kids it IS easy being "green"

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The Kentucky Parks Department is hosting a 3 day camp for children, focusing on "green" habits.

The camp is July 16-18, and is for kids 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. The "green" habits include healthy eating and cooking, reducing resources, recycling and re-purposing items, as well as taking care of their physical and mental health with yoga.

Beth Tompkins the camp director and John James Audubon State Park business manager said, "We have so many resources here in Henderson that promote healthy living," She continued, "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."

The camps partners are also contributing by presenting activities, like a "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 campers will also participate in a daily hike.

 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@ly.gov for more information or if you are interested in sponsoring a child's tuition.

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