Urban Overnights kicks off at the Audubon Zoo

Kyla Muse  |  3/13/2013 10:58:42 PM

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On Saturday December 15, 2012, mentor program participants spent the night in the Audubon Zoo as a part of a series of events titled “Urban Overnights”. The youth in the mentor program expressed an interest in camping but have little to no experience with it. Prior to the event, mentors and mentees completed activities from the National 4-H Curriculum set which includes Hiking, Camping and Backpacking. During the event, youth were able to participate in evening activities led by Audubon Zoo staff which included: biofact time, a campfire with s’mores and a night hike where youth learned to hone their sense of hearing and touch in the darkness of the Zoo at night. As this was the first in the series of events, dinner and a continental breakfast were included as a part of the event. Youth, their mentors and staff, slept in tents and sleeping bags in the “Education Yard” portion of the Zoo under the night sky. Youth were engaged in campsite set-up and breakdown, as well as ensuring that the environment was left as clean as it was found upon arrival. Many of the youth verbalized a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, the animals they encountered during the trip and are excited for the series to continue. Future events are in the planning stages for Spring and Summer of 2013. For additional information on the program or the series, please contact Kyla Muse at (504)658-2906 or by email.
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