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Earthplace-Mahackeno Summer Camp 2013 Registration Opens

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Earthplace-Mahackeno Summer Camp 2013 – the joint day camp being offered by the Westport Weston Family Y and Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center – is now accepting registrations from past participants of either program. Registration for new campers will open on Monday, March 4.

This summer’s Earthplace-Mahackeno program is for campers who are entering 1st grade through 10th grade. Together, the Earthplace-Mahackeno team has created fun weekly themes featuring traditional camp activities, nature programs and special field trips. Camp will be offered as nine one-week sessions, starting June 24, and will include daily pre- and post-care programs. Registration forms for 1st-10th grade campers are available at www.westporty.org and www.earthplace.org.

The special one-year collaboration between these two popular local day camps was spurred by the closure of the Mahackeno campus while the Family Y’s new facility is being constructed.

“Because we are sharing space at Earthplace this summer, our Mahackeno program will have a smaller enrollment in 2013 than it has in the past,” said Meg George, the Family Y’s Youth and Camp Director. “This summer we will have space for a total of just 175 campers in each weekly session. This means spots will fill fast, so we wanted to give previous campers from either program the opportunity to select the weeks that best suit their usual summer schedules.”

Both camp operations have a lot to offer the other – to the benefit of all campers. Located at 10 Woodside Lane in the Old Hill section of Westport, Earthplace’s 62-acre wildlife sanctuary makes an ideal setting for exploration, fun and learning. Its staff, led by Camp Director Becky Newman, has a great deal of knowledge and expertise to share in helping young campers to explore new aspects of nature through hands-on activities, group games, hikes and crafts.

“On trail walks through the woods and around our meadow, stream and pond, we often spot wildlife in their natural surroundings, including deer, turtles, hawks and wild turkeys,” said Newman. “And every week this summer, we’ll have animals from our indoor Animal Hall come to ‘visit’ our campers, helping them learn about many creatures and their habitats.”

The Family Y will be contributing some of Camp Mahackeno’s most popular activities – setting up an archery range on the site, for example, as well as transporting campers to the Family Y’s downtown facility for free swim several times a week.

Earthplace will also be running its Pre-school program for ages 3-K through the summer months starting June 17. Registration for children ages 3-5 can be completed online at www.earthplace.org.

For more information about Earthplace-Mahackeno Summer Camp 2013, or to ask any questions, please contact either of our co-directors: Becky Newman at 203-227-7253, ext. 107, or b.newman@earthplace.org; Meg George at 203-226-8981, ext. 179, or mgeorge@westporty.org.

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