At the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Georgia, the Charlie's Trackers summer day camp for 7- and 8-year olds gave 16 children instruction in survival skills, native animals and plants, and lessons in the basic functioning of ecosystems.
The developmentally based curriculum taught by Charlie Elliott counselors is rooted in the basic appreciation of nature, giving young children an opportunity to connect with nature in a tangible manner.
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“[Children are] very tactile, very impulse driven,” said Chris Silcox, a counselor and recent college graduate. “They have to be able to feel and smell and touch and all this other stuff; and to be able to go out in the woods, there's infinite amount of sensory information.”