Day campers participate in stream simulation

Friday, August 8, 2014 | 6:41 p.m. CDT; updated 9:26 p.m. CDT, Saturday, August 9, 2014
Participants in Jr. Naturalist Day Camp learned about the effects of man-made pollution during a stream simulation at Gans Greek Wild Area on Friday. The demonstration was part of a three-day camp.

COLUMBIA — Participants in the Jr. Naturalist Day Camp ended a three-day camp with a presentation from the county's Stormwater Education and Outreach Program on Friday at Gans Creek Wild Area Trail.

Boone County stormwater educator Theresa Thomas and coordinator Nicki Fuemmeler set up a stream simulator from Emriver to show campers the effects of man-made water pollution.

"It's really neat because it's like a sandbox when you were a kid," Thomas said.

Campers added plastic figurines such as bridges and machines to create stream erosion and dye to pollute the water.

The camp began on Wednesday at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Campers earned a Missouri State Parks Explorer patch by participating in hands-on activities such as cave exploring, a service project and wildlife education, according to the Missouri State Parks website.

Supervising editor is Samuel Hardiman.

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