Exploring Nature at Ouabache Trails Park

OuabacheTrails1Camp Green visited Ouabache (Wabash) Trails to explore nature and learn about wetlands with park staff and volunteers. Campers in grades K-3 searched the woods and the creeks on Trail 7 on a wetland scavenger hunt. Tasked with finding items including an animal track, poison ivy, an insect-eaten leaf, and evidence of people, the campers explored the trail, identifying insects and plants along the way. (more…)

Horses Visit Camp

HorseOur day campers learned about horses and farriers when Ron Ice visited last week. He talked about horse safety and how to approach a horse. Campers listened to Ron explain how to respect horses while enjoying the company they have to offer. Campers learned the importance of practicing safety around a horse and Ron taught them the fundamentals of how to respect a horse so it will respect a rider.


Meet Alex, Camp Green Intern

Please welcome Alex Mahrenholz, the Y’s Camp Green intern this summer through the support of the Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District. Currently in her senior year at Murray State University double-majoring in Agriculture Education and Agriculture Communications, Alex grew up on her family’s grain farm in Lawrenceville, Illinois. She started raising livestock of her own such as show cattle, horses, and rabbits in her teens. Alex continued to remain heavily involved in both 4-H and FFA,  organizations that strive to educate youth about agriculture and environmental stewardship. She worked with kids through an internship with Illinois Ag In the Classroom and with Illinois Farm Bureau as a farm pen pal to urban youth wishing to learn more about agriculture and natural resources. (more…)

What’s in Our Raised Beds?



Our two raised garden beds at YMCA Summer Day Camp are taking off for the summer! These two beds are just a small part of Camp Green, a program in partnership with the Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District to educate and inform YMCA youth about natural resources and environmental stewardship in the local community. (more…)