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Jennifer Simek of Lubbock Memorial Arboretum Discusses The Pond Tour and Kid’s Camp [AUDIO]

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During Tuesday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News on KFYO, Jennifer Simek of Lubbock Memorial Arboretum talked about the upcoming Pond Tour going on this weekend as well as the Kid’s Camp starting in August.

Lubbock is not known for its bodies of water, but for those who enjoy the beauty of a nice pond, Lubbock Memorial Arboretum will be offering a tour of some of Lubbock’s private ponds. “We convince people to open their homes and show off the beauty of their ponds. We have 14 different tour locations… Its going to be an exciting water garden tour.”

Their are various ponds ranging from a 200,000 gallon fishing pond to a “dry pond” that gives the impression of water without actually having any water in it. “You get the effect without actually using water,” Simek stated.

The tour will go from 9:00AM to 1:00PM Saturday, August 2nd. There is also a nighttime tour of lit ponds from 8:30PM to 10:30PM that evening for no extra cost. You can buy tickets for $8/person (kids get in free) at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum building at 42nd and University, or any of the pond locations.

From 9-12 every day August 11th-15th, Lubbock Arboretum will be hosting a kid’s camp. This camp will involve gardening and nature observation. “They’re gonna be out there, getting their hands dirty, doing all of the things that they want to do at home that you don’t necessarily want them to do. Digging around and doing all kinds of fun stuff.”

One of the goals of the camp is to encourage kids to spend more time outside and have increased interest in fruits and vegetables.

There are only 20 openings, so be sure and sign up soon if you are interested. To sign up, call 797-4520, visit the Lubbock Arboretum Website here, or e-mail Jennifer at

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