Summer Earth Camps a big success

The OSS Joint Solid Waste Management District sponsored the sixth annual “Earth Camp” in Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties during the month of June. More than 180 students entering grades 1-6 in the three-county district attended the one-day camp that offered fun activities on recycling topics and lessons on the importance of our natural resources. Camps were held on different days at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton, Conner Park in Fremont and Meadowbrook Park in Bascom.
Campers were separated into three groups: Planet Protectors, Go Green Gang and Recycling Rock Stars and each group rotated through stations. Team flags were made and carried with pride to each session during the camp.

Specific activities included Minute to Win It Challenges, where campers competed against teammates and learned how to create their own games at home by reusing materials around the house. Composting 101 taught campers about the components needed to produce a good compost pile and its benefits. A hands on activity, Extreme Papermaking, allowed campers to add materials such as seeds, glitter, flower petals, etc. to their paper pulp in the process of making their own paper. The children learned the importance of properly disposing of their trash by participating in a litter cleanup. They also challenged one another during a recycling obstacle course. Campers took home baskets made from old brown paper bags they decorated. Each participating child received a certificate of achievement.
The guest speakers for the camps included: Mike Conner, director of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center who spoke on the importance of our natural resources, renewable and non-renewable energy and solar power during the Seneca County Earth Camp. The guest speaker for the Sandusky County Earth Camp included Magee Marsh’s Seasonal Naturalist, Emily Heppner, from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. Heppner shared facts on native Ohio wildlife, the habitats in which they live and showed the children various animal skins. Educators Becky Simpson, Arianne Horton and Paige Weichman from the Ottawa County Soil & Water Conservation District provided a program called Oh Deer during the Ottawa County Earth Camp. The program demonstrated to the campers what components are necessary for animals to survive in their natural habitats.
For general recycling information, District recycling collections or sponsored events, log onto the OSS Solid Waste District’s website at or search “Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Green Recycling Scene” on Facebook.
The OSS Solid Waste District is governed by the Board of Commissioners of Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca county. For information on District activities, visit the

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