Children explore the magic of plants at Mill Creek Park summer camp

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Children competed at the Trekkers Summer Camp on June 28, working to get their "house" the most points during the Harry Potter themed week.


Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Naturalist Lynn Zocolo organized the annual Trekkers summer camp, celebrating the final day on June 28 at Fellows Riverside Gardens.


Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Ten to 12-year-olds gathered at Fellows Riverside Garden on June 28 for the last day of the Trekkers annual summer camp.


Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Children worked to translate words into rune symbols at the Harry Potter themed summer camp hosted by the Mill Creek Park.


Neighbors | Jessica Harker .A variety of "dangerous" plants were on display during the Trekkers: Herbology and Potion camp hosted by the Mill Creek Park.


Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Naturalist Lynn Zocolo helped children translate words into runes at the Mill Creek Park's Trekkers Summer Camp for 10-12 year-olds.


Mill Creek Metro Parks hosted it’s annual Trekkers Summer Camp for students ages 10-12.

According to Naturalist Lynn Zocolo this year’s theme was Harry Potter’s Herbology and Potions.

“They had a blast,” Zocolo said. “At the end of the week they were all friends.”

During the week children gathered at Fellows Riverside Gardens starting at 9 a.m.

Zocolo said that they had plant and magic based activities planned every day.

“The students were broken into three houses, the oaks, the sassafras and the maples,” Zocolo said. “They competed all week to win the house cup.”

Children spent the week walking through the “enchanted forest,” learning about healing and dangerous plants and event planting their own herb garden.

At the end of the week, Zocolo said that the group spent the final day playing competitive games and celebrating with a feast.

“We spent the whole week learning, so today we are going to take a break from that and focus on having fun,” she said.

The group also celebrated with a trip to the Log Cabin for lunch and a boat ride on Lake Glaicer.