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DECATUR – Three-year-old Kylee Horn was a little disappointed to learn her favorite color pink wasn't part of the colors of a rainbow, but she was appeased by the purple violets found during a hike outside Rock Springs Nature Center.

Kylee's grandmother Marie Kennedy brought the girl to a mini camp for the first time Tuesday with positive results.

“She loves being outside, so we'll be back,” Kennedy said.

The theme was rainbows for the last camp aimed at ages 1 to 5 until June. She and three other children learned about how the multicolored arc forms after it rains and how they could make their own on a sunny day.

Conservation district naturalist Jenny Garver led the program that included a rainbow story, craft and snacks. She brought the children outside and supplied them with spray bottles of water to create a miniature rainbow.

“You have to promise you won't squirt your friends,” Garver said.

They then took a hike with a goal of finding all the colors of the rainbow in the woods. At first, red was for a stop sign and orange for a truck, but, after they entered the woods, yellow was for a tiny spring flower along the trail and green was for the grass.

Sophia Holsten, 4, used a magnifying glass to examine her favorite.

“The bluebells were the prettiest,” Sophia said.

Her mother Cierra Holsten said her daughter always comes home talking about what she learned, such as the types of birds and their calls.

“Her being out here gives her a chance to be outside and learn about nature; she collects rocks now,” Holsten said.

The next mini camp will be June 9. For more information, visit http://maconcountyconservation.org.

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