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Winter camp to be held at W. Alton Jones campus

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

PUBLIC SCHOOL VACATION WEEK, FEBRUARY 20-23

West Greenwich, R. I. -- January 4, 2007 -- A winter adventure is being planned for February School Vacation. From February 20 to 23, 2007, the University of Rhode Islandís W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich will host a sleep-away Winter Camp for 40 to 60 children ages 9-13.

Activities include winter games, símores by the fire, maple sugaring, snowball target practice, pirate dinner, winter arts and crafts, broom ball on ice, snow sculpture contest, night hike and winter ecology. There will also be sledding, snowshoeing and ice-skating, conditions permitting. The camp will focus on ecology, outdoor skills and conservation. Winter Campers will investigate life under frozen ponds, track animals through the snow, view winter constellations, go on a night hike, and share stories around a campfire.

The 2,300-acre W. Alton Jones Campus with 10 miles of hiking trails, a historical farm and a 75-acre lake offers forests, ponds, fields and streamsóan ideal setting for children to learn about nature. Each year more than 10,000 children attend programs at the Environmental Education Center, which operates year-round as a field trip destination for schools during the academic year, and as an environmental camp during the summer. The fee for Winter Camp is $310, which includes all meals, activities, 24-hour supervision and lodging in bunk-style cabins from Tuesday at 8:30 AM through Friday at 2:30 PM.

For more information or a brochure call the University of Rhode Island's W. Alton Jones Campus at 401-397-3304 ext. 6043.