Summer is one of our favorite times of year because that means camps are in session! We'll be having fun in the sun with kids from all across the Mid-South each week in June, and we wanted to check in with our first group of campers to see what kind of fun they are having. This week was Adventure Camp, which features activities focused on nature, exploration and fun for grades 3-6.
These adventure-seeking kids spent the week exploring the Park, canoeing, practicing archery, learning about native plant and animal species and just having fun! While it was tough to pull them away from the excitement of camp, a few campers took the time to let us know what they learned and what they loved about their week at the Park.
Our campers choose "nature names," which they go by during their time at camp, and we've use those below. Here's who we chatted with:
Night Wolf (aka Jackson) | Age: 9
Maple (aka Caitlin) | Age : "almost 10, well really 9, but almost because 10 because my birthday is in July"
Kit-Cat (aka Savannah) | Age: 8
Q: What is one thing you learned this week?
A: Kit-Cat: Archery. It was fun!
Night Wolf: We learned how to tell if a snake is poisonous!
Follow up Q: That seems like important info that we should know, too! How do you tell the difference?
A: Night Wolf: You can tell by the shape of their heads and their eyes. If they have cat-like eyes, they are poisonous.
Q: What did you like most at camp?
A: Maple: Getting to see animal artifacts up close!
Kit-Cat: Canoeing and archery!
Night Wolf: Canoeing and archery!
Q: Can you describe camp in one word?
A: Maple: AWESOME!
Night Wolf: Fun!
Q: Is there anything else you'd like the world to know about camp?
A: Night Wolf: I just really had fun!
What does it take to run a really fun camp? A lot of planning, a great staff (pictured below) and community support!
This summer's fun is made possible by ARS | Conway Services, who let us know why they love supporting our camps:
"ARS | Conway Services has partnered with Shelby Farms Park for several years because the Park is a tremendous asset to the community. We are proud to be a sponsor of Shelby Farms Park's Youth Summer Camp. Programs such as that provide enrichment activities for children, nurture young minds and help them appreciate and protect the environment." -- ARS | Conway Services
There is a lot more summer fun on the horizon! Let us know what you're most excited about in the comments below or on social media!
How many miles do you cover on the Greenline each year? No matter the distance, if you run, bike, walk or skate on the trail, your miles are made possible by our friends at Campbell Clinic Orthaopedics!
Why does Campbell Clinic sponsor the trail? We talked recently with Chad Gilbert, Director of Marketing - who is an avid runner and a big fan of the Greenline - to find out.
Q: Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics has been a long-time supporter of Shelby Farms Park. Why is this relationship so important?
A: Our organization believes that physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, particularly if someone is recovering from an injury. Living in Memphis affords us great weather nearly year-round to get out and enjoy the outdoors, and Shelby Farms Park is the crown jewel of Memphis outdoor recreation and activity. It’s convenient location near our Germantown and Spine Center clinics enables many of our employees to access biking and running trails before and after work, and it is a wonderful place for our employees to enjoy nature with their families on the weekends. We encourage our patients to return to some form of exercise after they recover from injuries. Shelby Farms Park is the ideal location.
Q: Shelby Farms Greenline is an iconic trail in Memphis and is enjoyed by thousands of runners a year. What are some tips you have for a beginning runner who may be hitting the Greenline for the first time?
A: The Greenline is a wonderful asset for our community. For new runners, it’s important to set a reasonable but challenging training plan and stick to it. When someone begins training for a race or running for leisure on a great trail like the Greenline, their instinct is often to go as far as they can, as fast as they can, during the first few runs. For someone new to the sport, overuse injuries can sideline you before you really even get started. Stretch before a run, get in a good warm-up, and, afterwards, be sure to cool down. Rest between running days and find other ways to cross-train so you don’t overwork the same muscle groups and joints. Focus on your form and maintain good running posture. Finally, during the warm spring and summer months, remember to bring a bottle of water and stay hydrated before, during and after your run.
Q: Why do you enjoy running the Greenline rather than your neighborhood or other trail?
A: I enjoy the Greenline because it acts as sort of a centerpiece for the entire trail system in the park, so it’s easy to mix in roads and softer trails during the same run. It affords you the opportunity to be in the city but also surrounded by nature.
Q: Other than running on the Greenline, what’s your favorite thing to do at the Park?
When I’m not running the Greenline or the trails, I enjoy the Go Ape zip line course or taking my family out for a walk around Hyde Lake.
Q: How would you describe Shelby Farms Park in three words?
A: Natural. Accessible. Diverse.
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