Lights, heat, action! Camp Tuhsmeheta (Camp T) is making final preparations for opening the new Sassafras Science and Nature Center this spring. After it is completed, staff will begin moving in furniture, educational and tactile displays, and other exciting exhibits for campers to explore. Construction workers have been busy making sure everything is working properly so campers can enjoy learning about science, technology, engineering, art, and math while using accessible resources that both enlighten the senses and inspire learning.

The building will include three open rooms and one enclosed meeting room. Plans include interactive animal and nature displays, hands-on learning opportunities, and a water table that will help campers understand how rivers and streams are formed. Camp T is also working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to secure a few animal mounts. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is tentatively planned for the spring to officially open the center to the public.

“It’s both exciting and a little frightening to work with a blank slate,” says Camp Director Jill Teegardin. “We are working on some ideas to make visiting the nature center fun and exciting for visitors.”