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Nature at Akita

— by Andy Frick, Akita Program Director 

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."
— Rachel Carson

For anyone who has had the opportunity to visit Camp Akita, Rachel Carson points out something that we have all experienced. Camp Akita is a natural wonderland containing wildlife, geology and views that make it a sanctuary for all. Located in the Appalachian Plateau, Akita contains a tremendous variety of plants, animals, fungi and rocks. The property is heavily wooded, dominated by hills containing deep bedrock valleys. Some hilltops in the area are 1200  to 1400 feet above sea level. Second growth forest covers most of camp with a mix of Oaks, Hickories, Maples, Beeches and Pines.

Due to the ruggedness of the landscape, Camp Akita contains a greater diversity of plants and animals then many other places in North America. Some very rare plant species can be found growing on the Camp Akita property as well as an array of beautiful wildflowers. Camp is also home to many large animals including: white tailed deer, fox, coyotes, great horned owls, osprey, bats, snakes, opossums and raccoons. The lake and creeks are full of wildlife as too, supporting: crayfish, bass, bluegill, frogs and salamanders.

Several years ago, a nature cabin was created at camp in the old boy's Cabin 2 in the hopes of inspiring young people to contemplate the beauty of earth. Since its inception the nature cabin has grown leaps and bounds and is responsible for sparking curiosity in campers for the natural world around them.

In a day and age where children are spending more and more time indoors, Camp Akita and the nature cabin stand as catalysts for children to experience the great outdoors. The nature cabin offers a safe, up-close, hands on look at the multitude of plants, animals and natural items camp has to offer.

The natural discoveries made by campers during their time at camp will give them a greater appreciation for the natural world and how we as humans fit into the greater ecology of earth. The beauty and awe of Camp Akita has inspired many generations to return to its sanctuary to contemplate the beauty of earth and rediscover its reserves of strength. With the addition of the nature cabin and renewed reemphasis on outdoor education, Camp Akita will continue to inspire generations to come.