Some spots available for young campers |

Some spots available for young campers

Established 10 years ago, the science and art enrichment camps sponsored by the Imaginarium of Nevada County have grown from two to 13 programs and is the first summer job for many area teens who work as junior counselors, director Judy Nielsen said.

“It’s totally hands-on education. It’s fabulous,” Nielsen said.

In a finale show of silliness on Friday, children who participated in the first week of summer camp showed off their many new talents juggling, dancing and riding unicycles.

All last week, storyteller, juggler and master of fun Izzi Tooinsky worked with the children, who proudly exhibited their array of new tricks to an audience of parents at a mini-extravaganza.

While some of the more popular camp sessions have waiting lists, the following still have openings:

• New this year is My First Science Camp, a program for preschool age children ages 4 to 5. Debbie Biddinger will teach children about nature through music, art, circle time and food activities. The cost is $90. The camp is held from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday in the Salvation Army Building.

• Snappy Camp with Shannon Perry: Campers will learn about different methods of photography through the use of a pin hole camera, working in a darkroom, and digital photography. This is a two week camp held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 16-27. Ages 9 -12 can attend for a fee of $200.

• Down on the Farm, with Lisa Bjorn and Marney Blair: Children ages 6 through 8 will meet a variety of farm animals, study stream life and explore a worm castle composter. If will be held 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 21 through July 23 at Fulcrum Farm.

Children will also learn to harvest and winnow rare beans, seeds, and odd grains and make paper from plants gathered on the farm. The cost is $90. A second session of the same camp will be held July 28 to July 30.

For information about summer camp at the Imaginarium, visit, e-mail to or call 343-0625.

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