ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Wildrock is hosting free summer camps at Charlottesville City Schools all summer to promote health and happiness through nature play.

Charlottesville City Schools received a grant earlier this year, which gave the division the opportunity to provide these camps to families for free.

Wildrock was able to step forward and help provide the best experience possible for the children. 

“All the kids and all the participants were able to take a field trip during their week of camp to Wildrock out in Crozet and really enjoy playing in the creek and going on our nature places cape hiking the trail. So, it’s been a really fun program we’re really excited for it to continue the next two years,” said Meg Phillips, the co-executive director of Wildrock.

The students engage in activities such as making habitats for outdoor creatures, exploring the Wildrock discovery centers, and learning social skills. 

“They’ve been building nests for little owls, pretend owls, and making habitats, bringing them food," said Phillips. "It’s really amazing when kids have choice and time and space for free play what they come up with.” 

Kids shared their favorite activities and said they would like to come every year.

Receiving this grant will allow the camp to operate for another two years during the summer, so parents have the opportunity to sign their children up during the summer.

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