Nature's Detectives | The F.B.I

Kids soil sifting.

Calling all nature detectives! Our world would be one big garbage patch if it weren't for nature's F.B.I. These key players that sustain all life on the planet are known as, Fungus, Bacteria, and Invertebrates. Lucky for us, whenever something dies, nature's F.B.I. is on the scene, breaking down organic materials and turning it back into soil. In this week-long camp, you will investigate the dirty, but crucial job of nature's F.B.I. by turning over rotting logs, churning up the compost pile, and using a microscope to unveil the millions of bacteria and other micro-organisms that exist in just one cup of soil. You'll never look at your food the same once you figure out how dirt made your lunch.

What To Bring:

Pack a backpack with snack, lunch, reusable water bottle, rain jacket, warm layer, sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses. Please remember to label everything. Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy, closed-toed shoes - no open-toe sandals!

How To Get There:

Please walk, bike, bus, or carpool to ACES at Hallam Lake whenever possible! Parking is extremely limited and alternate transportation is fun and saves the planet.

BIKE BOARD CHALLENGE: In the summer, every time you come to Hallam Lake in something other than your own car you will earn a sticker to place on our Bike Board. Bike Board participants are entered to win great prizes all summer long including local gift certificates, bike accessories, ACES classes, reusable bags, and more. 

PARKING LOT: Limited parking is available for Hallam Lake visitors only. Please park efficiently. Drop-off overflow parking for Hallam Lake programs is available in the West End (2 hour free parking) with an easy walk down the stairs to the center. We are an IDLE FREE community. 


Wildlife, Science and Hiking



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  • Kids : 5, 6
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    • Class maximum: 20
    • Spots available: 0. There are currently no spots available, please add the class to your cart to join the waitlist.
    Registration closed on 07/26/2019