GOING WILD FOR A WEEK WITH TROY ROTARY AND BRUKNER NATURE CENTER
August 8, 2014
TROY, OH <8 August 2014> - Getting back to nature took on a whole new meaning for 14 children from Garden Manor in Troy this week. They had the chance to go wild at Brukner Nature Center, thanks to the Troy Rotary Club. The children, ages 6 to 10, spent each day at Brukner learning about wildlife and the importance of preservation and conservation. “Brukner offers an unparalleled opportunity to help children and adults meet wildlife in their own habitat,” explained Deb Oexmann, Executive Director of Brukner Nature Center and Troy Rotarian. “Thanks to the support of Troy Rotary, we can provide hands-on education and experiences like this camp to the kids in Troy, helping them understand the importance of wildlife and wild places,” said Oexmann.
Along with daily adventures and wildlife encounters, the children enjoyed both breakfast and a healthy snack, and took home butterfly nets, field guides, crafts, bug jars, a special camp journal and more, thanks to the Rotarians’ support. As an added bonus, each child received a pair of Crocs for wading and a new pair of shoes and socks to start the school year. Getting to and from Brukner wasn’t a problem as Rotarians also volunteered as drivers, ensuring the children arrived home safely each day. “We have worked with Brukner Nature Center for several years, trying to find the right level of activities for the kids who come to the camp,” said Jill Wilson, past president of Rotary and a designated driver for the children. “Seeing the smiles and hearing the excited conversations every day makes me believe this project is one of the best things Rotary does each year,” she added.
Located at 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road in Troy, Brukner Nature Center offers multiple programs throughout the year. Their nature trails are open from dawn to dusk daily for people to enjoy. To learn more about Brukner, visit www.bruknernaturecenter.com. Troy Rotary works in partnership with other local organizations to sponsor activities and programs, including Waco Air Museum and Lincoln Community Center. Additionally, the Troy Rotary Foundation distributed more than $11,000 in scholarships and community aid during the 2013-14 year. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about membership, visit their Web site at www.troyohiorotary.org.