300 North High Street
Muncie, Indiana 47305
Phone: (765) 213-6468
Camp Prairie Creek is a free youth environmental day camp for youth participants living within Muncie and Delaware County, ranging from 1st through 8th grade. The Stormwater Management Department and Prairie Creek Reservoir created and hosted the first annual Camp Prairie Creek in the summer of August 2009.
The birth of Camp Prairie Creek came from the idea that local youth needed more accessible water education and recreational opportunities since the City's only public pool would be closed the Summer of 09' due to financial restraints. Stormwater Management and Prairie Creek Reservoir joined together to educate local youth about water related issues and outdoor recreational saftey while maintaining a strong emphasis on preserving our environment.
Many activities and lessons taught at camp were derived from the Project WET curriculum, which had a lot of emphasis on water quality, pollution prevention and the water cycle. Other activities included education about recycling, conservation, vermi-composting (worm composting), trees, fish and wildlife, macroinvertebrates, mapping and outdoor recreational saftey. A tree was planted at the site of the first annual Camp Prairie Creek, near the lodge were many activities took place.
The long week of fun and education is always celebrated with a family fun day cookout the last day which includes games, pontoon boat rides around the reservoir, swimming and fishing. Families are invited to attend and hang out with their campers all day and enjoy a relaxing day at the beach.
On the final family fun day each camper is awarded with a Delaware County Youth Environmental Stewardship Certificate for their participation and new found interest in helping to preserve the environment in all that they do.
Our goals of educating local youth about environmental stewardship were accomplished by partnering with many local agencies and organizations that included Muncie Sanitary District, The Bureau of Water Quality, Minnetrista Theatre Preserves, Soil and Water Conservation District, The Red Tail Nature Conservancy, Muncie Urban Forestry, Delaware County GIS Department, Dr. I C Coldwater from Ft. Wayne, East Central Solid Waste District, DNR, Second Harvest Food Bank, The Delaware County Health Department and The White River Watershed Project. By partnering with these organizations we were able to keep the camp low cost and provide a full agenda of educational opportunities all week for the kids to stay busy and learn about the environment. Many thanks goes out to all our sponsors, partners, volunteers and counselors who helped make this Camp a success.
We are pleased to announce that Camp Prairie Creek won the Clyde W. Hibbs Conservation Education Award from the Robert Cooper Audubon Society for it's creative strategies for engaging children with nature and teaching them principles of sustainable living.
Stay tuned for upcoming information on upcoming Camp Prairie Creek announcements and if you have any questions regarding Camp Prairie Creek please feel free to contact Stormwater Educator Jason Donati at email@example.com or 765-747-2660.
Please enjoy a video highlighting some of the people and activities that make Camp Prairie Creek possible!