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URI offers Summer Eco-Exploration Camp at Kingston campus, Roger Williams Park, July 15-Aug. 16

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. – May 14, 2013 – Still looking for a summer camp for your children? It’s not too late to sign up for the University of Rhode Island’s Summer Eco-Exploration Camp at the URI Kingston campus or at Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence.

The four one-week camps run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning on July 15.

“Campers will investigate bird nests and eggs, search for creatures living under logs, play wildlife-themed games, taste freshly-grown produce, create arts and crafts projects, draw in science journals, collect treasures for their nature boxes and more,” said camp director Vanessa Venturini. “It’s a great opportunity to get kids unplugged and outside. All of our camps are staffed by URI undergraduates majoring in the sciences, which hopefully will encourage campers to start thinking about their own career paths.”

Week one of the camp (July 15-19), called Where the Wild Things Live, targets children entering grades 1-3, who will learn about biodiversity in the URI botanical gardens and north woods.

Week two, (July 22-26), Discovering Rhode Island’s Environment, is for those entering grades 4-6 and features games and activities that connect them to the importance of local food, composting, pollinators and clean water.

Weeks three (Aug. 5-9) and four (Aug. 12-16) repeat the above programs at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence.

Each weekly session costs $150.

For more information or to register for the camp, visit the URI Outreach Center website at www.uri.edu/cels/ceoc, call 401-874-2900 or email outreach@uri.edu.