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Animal Camp benefits kids

by Danielle Wagner

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) Kids from first grade to junior high are getting some hands-on experience learning about animals.

Animal Camp is put on by a group of UNI Graduate Counseling Education students to promote personal wellness.

Campers are spending time digging in the dirt for worms, feeding baby goats and learning about bunnies.

Linda Nebbe is a professor at UNI and organized this camp on animal and nature assisted therapy. About 13 of her UNI students volunteered to help out.

Nebbe said the goal is to get the kids absorbed in nature. She said being outside and working with animals serves many health benefits: from a natural anti-depressant to a relaxation effect that's good for the immune system.

Nebbe stressed it's not a petting zoo, but a way to learn about animals.

"These are kids who say they like nature and it empowers them to really have this interest and I hope they take home feeling good about themselves and what they learned," said Linda Nebbe.

Animal Camp runs through Friday.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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