Second grade students from Rio Grande City IDEA Public Schools enjoyed a day full of outdoor activities at Camp RIO in Brownsville on Friday, January 11.
"Our second graders had a blast at Camp Rio. They practiced the value of team work and cooperation through nature," reads a statement on IDEA Rio Grande City's official Facebook page.
According to the Camp RIO website, the camp is located at Historic Lula Sams which sits on approximately 85 acres of predominantly untouched wildlife preserve. The land was originally developed as a girl scout camp and was gifted to the community by the Earl C. Sams Foundation in 1953. It served many girl scouts until the 1990s.
The property is filled with various native plants and animals that in most places in the Valley have long been eradicated by urbanization. IDEA Public Schools, in coordination with the Valley Land Fund, is working to preserve this unique piece of land so that generations to come may enjoy it in its natural form.