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Casper College camp for middle schoolers tracks plants from seed to plate.

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CASPER, Wyo —Casper College (CC) is offering two four-day camps for students who will be entering sixth through eighth grade this fall in place of the school’s popular KEY Camp, which was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

In a release on Tuesday, CC said the “Dirt to Dinner,” camp will be held July 20-23 and again July 27-30 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm each day. The hands-on camp is designed to cultivate a love of plants as students explore the journey of produce from seed to plate, said Melanie Dawson, community education specialist.

 Dawson said camp students will visit a community garden to learn about planting, caring for, and harvesting fruits and vegetables; participate in a foraging walk and learn how to identify, gather, and use native edible plants; and build a plant press, preserve plants, conduct experiments with seaweed, and create works of art inspired by nature.

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“The camp will be a fun way for students to get outdoors and learn about gardening, native plants, and much more,” said Dawson. The cost per camper is $225, and space is limited to 15 per camp. Students will be asked to bring a sack lunch, water, snacks, sunscreen, a hat, and work gloves and to wear comfortable walking shoes each day.

For more information or to register, contact Dawson at 307-268-3399 or melanie.dawson@caspercollege.edu.