One of the best opportunities for up close and personal experiences is offered through The Fresh-Air Fund, which gives low-income inner city kids a chance to experience country life. Founded in 1877, it operates five camps in upstate New York. At these camps, the children learn about nature and farm animals, up close, while living in a totally different environment from their homes. The camps also have educational programs and teach career skills. In fact, the New York City Housing Authority even sponsors day trips to these camps, especially for children living in housing projects. Many children stay with volunteer host families in the country for a month during the summer. And many return to their same host family year after year so they really get to know each other.