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Children’s summer camps focus on bugs, environment

Tribune staff report

Summer break is here, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop.

Children can explore South Lake Tahoe this July in one of two nature camps offered by the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science.

The first, called Tahoe Explorers, will focus on learning about wildlife ecology, forest ecology, water ecology and the geology of the Tahoe basin from natural science experts — all while campers hike and kayak around the area.

Tahoe Explorers will take place July 7-11 for children ages 9-12, costing $230 for Tahoe Institute members and $265 for nonmembers.

Then, later in the month, a Junior Entomologists camp will take young campers to various locations around South Lake Tahoe where they will look in plants, bark and under logs for hidden insects. They will also learn about the roles of bugs in the ecosystem and what they eat.

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Junior Entomologists is open to children ages 6-8 and will be held July 21-24. It costs $100 for Tahoe Institute members and $120 for nonmembers.

At the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science camps, children can expect to play games, search for wildlife, reflect on the day’s adventure and bond with fellow campers, according to the organization.

For more information, visit or contact Amy Gondran at or by calling (775) 298-0064.

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