The summer heat was not enough to keep some young nature lovers indoors.
All week long, the Brownwood Area Community Garden held its first Vacation Garden school for kids ages 8-12. The garden's coordinator Daniel Graham said the purpose was to teach the kids the importance of the ecosystem.
"The most important thing we want the kids to understand is respecting life," Graham said, "To appreciate all the plants and animals in the garden and understand their roles. They interrelate."
Graham also stressed the importance of building self-reliant skills such as conserving water and growing one's own food.
"I love gardening," eight-year-old Celise Lemons said, "It's fun and you can grow more for the family."
Another student also thought of sharing what he learned with his family. "These people are master gardeners so they're teaching all this stuff to us so I can teach it to my grandma," eight-year-old Ethan Palcich said. "I'm much of a gardener. I like to discover new things and learn more."
The Brownwood Area Community Garden opened in 2010. It is open every second and fourth Saturday of every month. The public is invited to visit or tour the garden. Contact Daniel Graham at (325) 641-9029.