This was created 50 years ago as part the "Junior Museum" program, which was funded by the government. These museums were learning museums and usually contained a zoo of some sort as well.
The education buildings and the playground. The playground was rebuilt last year and is a VAST improvement over the previous equipment.
The museum also includes an 1800's farm. I have always LOVED the house. It's raised up on pilings. The front building has a desk and a couple of beds, and a loom in it. Behind it, connected by a raised walkway is the kitchen building. It's marvelously cool even in the middle of a sweltering summer. I've always wanted a house like this, but I don't suppose they're up to code built like this...
There's also a barn that houses a cow and the other shot is of the wrap-around porch on the sleeping quarters of the house.It is a true farm, with pigs, mules, a cow, goats, sheep, and chickens. There is also a large kitchen garden with vegetables, herbs and cotton!
Right behind the playground is - a swamp!
It's also part zoo. We get visiting animals for a few months at a time. We've had tigers, bears, lions... right now we have Patas monkeys from Africa.
They actually share the same kind of body as greyhounds!
The males literally have blue balls.
There's also a little open sided pavillion with a wall of snakes. It's a safe way to get up close and personal with some of the venemous denizens of our wild areas.
I like to go sit there and watch them while I'm waiting for ZBoy's camp session to end for the day.
It was hard to get a picture of the rattler. He moved constantly. And because they were behind glass, I didn't want to use the flash to "freeze" him. Consequently, the large diamondback is mostly a blur. The pygmy rattlesnake moved a bit too, but not nearly as much as the big guy.
There's also a cottonmouth (water moccasin). He's pretty big, and I think quite elegant.
Anyway, that's a little glimpse into the camp environs that my son has been attending this summer. I'll try to go a little early today and take some pictures of the animals on the nature trail for you. We've got some really beautiful, impressive ones!