Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fill Summer with Adventure, Learning


By Beth Roy

Camp and School Programs Manager


As the days grow longer, the trees’ leaves mature and turn a dark green and migratory birds arrive for nesting season in New England, it’s time to plan family vacations, outdoor excursions and summer camp for kids! VINS is offering an exciting array of brand new nature camps for children in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. This summer, we’ll provide more than 200 campers with the opportunity to spend a week immersed in hands-on nature adventures.


Nature camps will be available at several locations throughout Vermont and New Hampshire, including Storr’s Pond in Hanover, NH; Purple Crayon Productions in Woodstock, VT; VINS Nature Center in Quechee, VT; Burr and Burton Academy and Hildene in Manchester, VT.


Campers in graders 1 through 3 may jam with The Junkman, a nationally renowned percussionist and environmental educator. Kids can discover the science and art of making music and learn to “tune in” to the music of the natural world. Campers in grades 4 through 6 who are fascinated by both technology and the natural world can learn about technology like computer mapping, solar power and radio telemetry during a week of Enviro-Tech. VINS is also introducing a new mixed ages camps for kids entering grades 1 through 6. Perfect for siblings and friends who would otherwise find themselves separated by grade, campers can register for a single day or an entire week of nature-focused camp.


VINS believes that all children should have the opportunity to experience VINS Nature Camp. We provide camp scholarships, or camperships, to families in need of support. If you wish to apply for a campership or would like to donate to this important program, please call 802-359-5000, ext. 221 or e-mail camps@vinsweb.org. For a full detailed listing of offerings and to register for VINS Nature Camps, visit www.vinsweb.org.

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