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Into the Wild takes Henderson County students to Western North Carolina Nature Center

The Western North Carolina Nature Center's otter feeding was one of the middle school students' first stops for the week as part of the Into the Wild STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) camp. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Feeding the otters is one of the most popular attractions at the Western North Carolina Nature Center. And one feeding was extra special for some kids participating in a spring break camp.

Obi Wan certainly put on a show for the kids from the Henderson County YMCA and Camplify. The nature center's otter feeding was one of the middle school students' first stops for the week as part of the Into the Wild STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) camp.

The students were among hundreds of people who' went to the nature center to meet animals native to the mountains.

"And these are students who otherwise are not going to be doing anything over spring break, but we are fortunate now to go on 10 field trips in five days," Camplify's Kristin Dunn said. "It's amazing because they are going to learn about space tomorrow. We're going to go hiking at Chimney Rock, and we're learning about conservation. And these are things a lot of parents want to teach their children but don't have the ability to."

Thousands of people are expected to visit the Nature Center this week. The center has outdoor activities for toddlers to teens to adults.

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