POLLOCK PINES, CA - Effects from the federal government shutdown continue to ripple across the country.
One of the latest victims is Sly Park, a popular science camp south of Pollock Pines.
The camp is run by the Sacramento County Office of Education, and funded by user fees. But the land it sits on is leased from the US Forest Service.
"We lease the property from the government," SCOE communications director Tim Herrera said. "Basically, we don't pay anything for it, but we take care of the upkeep."
Herrera said the camp closed down Monday, and will also be closed next week. It will reopen when the government shutdown ends, according to Herrera.
For now, full time staff and teachers are using vacation days, waiting for the camp to reopen.
During the fall, an average of 200 kids attend five-day field trips to Sly Park, learning about nature, science and astronomy. The students whose trips have been cancelled will receive a full refund of the attendance fee, which comes to about $240, Herrera said.
It's an experience substitute teacher Anita Thomas is sad several hundred kids will miss.
"I had one girl on Monday who came in, attitude, giving me the whole attitude thing," Thomas said, "and by Friday, when she left, she said she now knew why she wanted to go to college."
Officials said the camp will be ready to go when the government shutdown is lifted.