Several Region 8 Kids Get A Chance to Escape City Life And Head Out Into Nature

July 07, 2004--Posted at 6:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO--Snakes, skunks, and lizards......oh my.

There were plenty of creepy crawley's around for these campers today.

Around 15 kids from the Jonesboro Urban Renewal and Housing Authority got the chance to leave the city behind, and experience nature.

Now there will be plenty of things to do and see as the kids embark on their tour of nature..... On the schedule today.......wildlife.

"Seeing the snakes was really fun,"said one day camper.

"I liked it when the snake ate the rat, and wrapped it up,"said camper Tre Crume.

This camping experience has been the highlight of Ryan James's summer.

"My favorite part is when he was showing us the snakes because snakes are my favorite animals,"said James.

So I guess it's safe to say the snakes are a crowd favorite.....

Barbara Miller is in charge of this week's day camp.

"I hope that they have lasting memories of this place, and it will help them become more aware of their environment, and what's around them,"said Miller.

This three day camp gives kids the opportunity to see things in nature they probably wouldn't get to see in their own back yard, and hopefully the kids will leave with a new knowledge of the "outside world".

"I have learned that snakes smell with their tongues, and you can tell if a snake is poisonous by the split in their nose"said Crume.

"I have learned that all venomous snakes will try to bite you,"said James.

The fun doesn't stop today for the campers, Thursday and Friday will be filled with fishing, trail hikes, and treasure hunts.

Miller says all of the all the kids will leave with skills to tie a fishing line, a pole, and hopefully memories to last a lifetime.