Summer Camp for Children Announced
Friday, May 26, 2006
PENQUIS - The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District announces plans for this year's summer camp. The annual hands – on summer camp makes learning fun and gives children an opportunity to explore the natural resources of the region.

This year the camp will be offered in the morning from 9:00AM to Noontime for children ages 7 – 12. Enrollment is limited to 30 children. The Foxcroft Academy is donating space in their Student Center for the camp which will be held from June 26th to 30th and also from July 10th to 14th.

Our Natural Resources Summer Camp will be held from June 26th to 30th. Participants will gather at the Foxcroft Academy Student Center to learn about insects, soils, woodlands, water, wildlife, and more, then spend time outdoors with our natural resource presenters. Entomologist Clay Kirby will present a slide show about insects and how to capture them, then children will be able catch and release native Maine insects. Children will learn how to identify soil layers in the forest with Soil scientist Ron Olson of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Gordon Moore, of the Maine Forest Service, will lead children in identifying different tree species and estimating their age. Children will explore insects in a bog and also in running water, learning about water quality with Dan Kusnierz, the Water Resources Program Manager from the Penobscot Indian Nation.

Doug Kane of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will take children to explore wildlife habitats.

Our Agricultural Tours Summer Camp will be held from July 10th to 14th. Participants will gather at the Foxcroft Academy Student Center, and then leave from there to go on farm tours. The Breakneck Ridge Farm in Blanchard will teach children about raising buffalo and the maple syrup process. The children will harvest crops at Stutzman's Farm in Sangerville. They will learn about raising game birds at Three Rivers Wing Shoot in Milo. At the Gilrock Dairy Farm in Sangerville, children will see cows and the milking process. Horse care and equestrian skills will be taught at Infinity Farm in Dover – Foxcroft. Nutrition education will be integrated into the summer camp curriculum. Children will also do natural resource based arts and crafts, and play therapeutic recreation games.

Community support for this summer camp is provided with funding from The Dover–Foxcroft Kiwanis and the Dexter Sunrise Kiwanis. Additional funding is provided by the Milo Garden Club. Craft materials are donated by the Palmyra Wal – Mart.

These camps are made possible due to the guest speakers donating their time to put on presentations, and also the farm families that host our children during the week. Staff of the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the parents of children provide supervision and guide children in the daily summer camp activities.

Children will need to wear sturdy shoes that can get wet and muddy. Parents should also plan on providing sun screen, insect repellent, and water bottles. Snacks will be provided by the Save – a – Lot Food Store in Dover – Foxcroft, and by Horizon Organics.

For more information and for registration, please contact the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District by calling 564–2321, extension 3, or stop by our office at 42 Pine Crest Drive in Dover – Foxcroft.

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