The Placer Nature Center has recently received a grant from the national retailer Recreational Equipment, Inc. The grant is supporting a special program for needy children in foster care, kinship families and receiving homes. The funding amount of $3,243 sponsors 35 children ages 5-12 to attend a day camp session that recently took place at the Placer Nature Center in Auburn. The REI Foundation grants funds to nonprofit organizations that provide programs in three categories ? youth, outdoor recreation and conservation. Because the Placer Nature Center provides programs for educating children, youth and families about the importance of environmental stewardship, REI employees at the Roseville store nominated them to apply for a grant from the REI Foundation. In addition to being awarded the cash grant, the Placer Nature Center also received 18 REI compasses and a first aid kit for the special day camp session. ?We are thrilled to give our neediest children the opportunity to experience, discover and explore the great outdoors through this special camp session,? said Leslie Warren, executive director of the Placer Nature Center. The summer camp meets California content standards in science education by incorporating art, structured and unstructured play, writing, reading and science experiments. To learn more about the Placer Nature Center, visit www.placernaturecenter.org or call (530) 878-6053. For more information on First 5 Placer, visit www.first5placer.org.