Annual North Shore camp features outdoor fun for kids: Here’s how to sign up

Kids can explore the wonder of wild things and Louisiana’s native habitat at the 2019 Junior Ranger spring break day camp. The camp will be held April 22 through April 26 during the St. Tammany Parish public schools’ spring break.

Source: Northshore Junior Ranger’s Day Camp

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Children ages 8 -10 will be able to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities like canoeing, fishing, wildlife observation, hiking, and helping with habitat restoration projects. Camp activities will take place at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Headquarters in Lacombe, LA, along with day trip activities at Big Branch Marsh and Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuges.

The camp is a collaborative effort between Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Each day camp activities will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration is open now, and all applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on March 27.

2017 Junior Rangers camper investigates the aquatic wonders of Bayou Lacombe. (USFWS photo)

A $65 camp fee is required upon selection to the Junior Rangers day camp to cover camp supplies. A random drawing will be conducted after the registration deadline to select the participants for the camp.

Priority for registration will be given to children who have not attended previous Junior Ranger day camps. In person registration is recommended, but mailed applications will be accepted until the deadline. Financial assistance will be available based on need.

Interested individuals can submit applications Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Lacombe Headquarters Office and on Saturdays at the Refuge Visitor Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Both are located at 61389 Hwy. 434, Lacombe, LA 70445.

For more information about the camp and to download applications, visit the website.