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‘Sacred Creation’ focus of day camp

Teacher Amy Pugel, right, shows young students at Earthcare Day Camp how water filters through different types of dirt – and how that flow of water affects living creatures such as worms, which in turn aid the fertility of the soil.
Submitted by Trina Kleist | Submitted photo by Trina Kleist

Snails, worms, flowers, dirt, sand and rocks are teaching children the wonders of creation at Earthcare Day Camp this week in Grass Valley. The family program highlighting the children’s projects, crafts and music starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at the church, 236 S. Church St.

During one camp session on science this week, students blew through a straw into a cup of water; an acidity marker in the water turned the liquid yellowish-green.

“That’s from the carbon dioxide from your breath,” said teacher Amy Pugel.

The students’ breath made the water acidic — similar to the way carbon dioxide in the atmosphere makes the world’s oceans slightly acidic.

That, in turn, causes creatures with calcium-based shells to grow weak, Pugel explained.

“We are Stewards of Sacred Creation” is the theme of the camp, organized by five western Nevada County churches and operated at Grass Valley United Methodist Church.

About 75 children are learning through science, music, crafts and storytelling “to understand God’s creation and our responsibility to take care of it,” co-director Barbara Dean said.

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