Kids from the community came together from Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19, to participate in the 2019 Outdoor Dreamers Camp.
Sam Koltinsky, a nationally recognized Jay N. Darling authority, returned to his hometown of Princeton to run the camp. He worked with Patricia Fralick, adventure coach Tammie Sanders and creative coach Debbie Hoodenpyle to create the next generation of outdoor heroes.
"This was a camp to get young people excited about going outdoors and developing leadership skills," Koltinsky said.
He asked for support from the community, and it was well received.
"The community came through and we were able to offer this kind of program," Koltinsky said.
On the first day of the camp, the kids learned about John Muir. He founded the Sierra Club and was an engineer, naturalist, author, botanist and geologist. They took walks to the park, to Adsmore, to the bank, toured the city and learned about butterfly gardens.
On the second day they learned about Wendell Berry. He is an American novelist, poet, essayist, environmental, activist, cultural critic and farmer. They took a field trip to a farm where they got to have a picnic and take a tour. They gathered veggies and eggs, visited the dairy cows and put plants in pots.
On the third day they learned about John James Audubon. He was an Ornithologist, Naturalist and painter who identified 25 new species of birds. They learned about organic foods, safe handling and food preparation. The kids also went to Adsmore Museum and planted a butterfly garden.
On the fourth day they learned about Rachel Carson. She was a Marine Biologist, author and conservationist. The kids took a field trip to Pennyrile, where they went on a nature hike, rode paddle boats and created terrariums.
On the final day of the camp they learned about Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling. He was a political cartoonist, conservationist, and wildlife artist who expanded the National Wildlife Refuge system and started the Duck Stamp program. They walked to Big Springs and did tests on the water.
The day ended with a ceremony at Adsmore Museum. Mayor Kota Young presented each of the camp participates with certificates.
Sponsors for the Outdoor Dreamers 2019 Summer Camp were:
Anonymous Patron of the City of PrincetonFarmers Bank, Princeton KentuckyCaldwell County SchoolsFirst Southern National Bank, PrincetonLinda RileyTrice Hughes FamilyAdsmore House and GardensMatt Schalk Attorney, PLLCCrouse KennelKentucky Division of ForestryUpper Souris National Wildlife Refuge, Foxholm, North DakotaPrinceton Rotary ClubWalmart Supercenter #204 PrincetonPrinceton Drug Store. The curriculum was underwritten in part by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.