• From: "BIANCHI, John" <JBIANCHI@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2003 15:28:35 -0500

 Contact: Kristy Wright


Get an Early Start on Summer Fun By Registering Yourself, Your Family or the 
Kids for Audubon's Summer Camp Programs

New York, NY December 9, 2003 - The National Audubon Society today opened 
registration for its annual summertime nature camps and workshops for adults, 
youth, families and educators.  Camps in Maine, Minnesota, Vermont, and 
Wisconsin offer weeklong sessions of outdoor adventure from June to September.  
All programs are specially designed to reflect local landscape and culture that 
provides campers with a better understanding and appreciation of nature.  
Online information and registration is available at www.audubon.org/educate/cw/ 

"Audubon Vermont camps are designed to help campers ages 10-18 develop a 
life-long bond with the natural world," said Steve Hagenbuch, director of 
Audubon Vermont's education programs. "With the guidance of professional 
educators and other resource professionals, campers will explore, and gain a 
greater understanding of, the environment and their connection to it."

Camp activities vary widely, but sessions include kayaking, canoeing, 
ornithology, nature photography, ecology, environmental education, and 
herpetology.  Additional activities may include ropes courses, overnight 
camping, bird and wildlife viewing, canoe building or workshops, and 
presentations by camp leaders and instructors, many of whom are unrivaled 
naturalists, biologists, ecologists, and local guides.

"Our camps help people develop an appreciation of nature that may lead to a 
lifelong commitment to maintaining our wild and natural areas," said Seth Benz, 
executive director of Audubon Maine camp.  "A week of camping and activities on 
Hog Island or in the Borestone Mountain Sanctuary will provide a lasting 
impression for our campers, and - we hope - move them to have a positive impact 
on nature."

While days are full, evenings are spent relaxing with campfires, stargazing and 
storytelling.  Ranging from $270 to $1,125 per person per session, fees include 
meals, lodging and activities, but do not cover transportation to the camp.  
Academic credit through affiliated universities is also available at the Maine, 
Minnesota, and Wisconsin camps for an additional fee.  The Minnesota camp also 
offers continuing education and graduate credits for teachers and educators.

Audubon's Maine camp offers a variety of adult, youth, and family camps from 
June through September at two locations: scenic Hog Island, just 60 miles 
northeast of Portland, and the spectacular Borestone Mountain Sanctuary on the 
southern edge of Maine's Northern Forest.

Adults. Five adult one-week camps are on the schedule for this summer, 
including Field Ornithology, Natural History of the Maine Coast, Workshop for 
Educators, Hog Island Retreat, and Muscongus Bay Kayaking for Women.  Hog 
Island is also the base of operations 
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for its renowned Project Puffin, the seabird restoration project headed by Dr. 
Stephen Kress.  The adult program includes sessions for bird enthusiasts of all 
experience levels.  Among the highlights is a visit to the puffin colony on 
Eastern Egg Rock.

Youth.  Maine also offers Teen (14 to 17) and Youth Camps (10-13) at Hog Island 
and Youth Camps (12-15) at Borestone Mountain, where campers explore the basics 
of ecology, geology, marine biology, and more.  Through both programs, 
participants will learn about themselves, nature, and how they relate to their 
natural environment.

Family.  A week-long Family Camp in August allows families to enjoy the camp 
experience together, and offers an array of fun, instructional programs, 
crafts, evening campfires, recreational games, and boat cruises.  For children 
aged 5-11 and accompanying adults.

The Audubon Center of the North Woods, 90 miles north of the Twin Cities, is 
situated among old-growth pines along the edge of cold, clear Grindstone Lake, 
and will offer adults and adult educators one of the most comprehensive summer 
camp programs in the country.

Adult / Adult Educator. The Audubon Center of the North Woods is offering five 
weeks of learning adventure with an option of earning graduate credits.  This 
summers one week programs include Lake Superior: From Duluth to Thunder Bay; 
The  Mammals of the Badland; Minnesota Aquatic Systems: Lakes, Rivers & 
Wetlands; Ecological Systems: Biomes; Boundary Water Canoe Area Field Studies. 

Adult - Elderhostel. The Audubon Center of the North Woods will provide five 
programs this summer, including Loons: Beauty in Black and White, The Wolf in 
the Wild: Symbol of Wilderness, North Country Settlers, a series that showcases 
some of the most popular wildlife in Minnesota and the native and non-natives 
that settled there; Minnesota-Land of Lakes, Loons and Ancient Rocks of the 
Earth, a lesson in studying life above and below the waters in a sample of 
Minnesota's 10,000 lakes; North Country Birding: the Wolf in the Wild; People 
and the Land, The Road Less Traveled: Artists, Indians and Immigrants, and 
Migration Mysteries / Indians, Voyageurs and Lumberjacks. Audubon's Minnesota 
camp for adults: Elderhostel is sponsored by Elderhostel, Inc.
The only Audubon camp devoted exclusively to youth, the Vermont camp, nestled 
in the foothills of the Taconic Mountains, offers children and teens ages 10-18 
some of the most unique summer opportunities around. 

Youth Camp for youngsters 10-14 provides an introductory look at the natural 
world through bird banding, twilight owl walks, and study of the local forests. 
 Teens 13-16 can find true backcountry adventure through Audubon Journeys, a 
seven-day expedition spent hiking and exploring Vermont's backcountry 
wilderness.  Through the Program of Audubon Research for Teens (Take P.A.R.T.), 
campers 14-18-years-old will have the opportunity to assist professional 
researchers and scientists in ongoing field research on rare species and 
natural communities.  Using the Audubon Vermont campus at High Pond as a base 
camp, Take P.A.R.T. participants will travel to regional field sites and assist 
either with ornithological research at Important Bird Areas (IBA's), compiling 
data on herps for the Vermont State Atlas of Reptiles and Amphibians, or 
tracking black bears, moose, and other large mammals in some of the most remote 
areas of Vermont, and collecting data on their presence. 

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From birding to canoeing, Audubon's Hunt Hill Sanctuary camp, situated in 
Wisconsin's Northwoods, has something for every age and interest.

Adults.  The Hunt Hill camp offers adult sessions, including: Wade Into 
Ecology, a program devoted to the wetlands and waterlife of the area that is 
capped off by a traditional "fish boil."  Participants will explore the 
Namekagon National Scenic Riverway to expand their wetland knowledge during a 
relaxing canoe trip.

Youth.  This year's program returns the popular Frog (ages 9-13) & Tadpole 
(ages 5-8) day camps, as well as two new programs for children 5-12:  Lost in 
the Woods survival day camp and Wild Ones in the Woods day camp.  Youth Ecology 
Adventures (age 9-13) and Teen River Ecology Adventures (ages 13-15) are 
residential summer camp where youth are invited to explore, paddle, hike, and 
enjoy our 500 acre Audubon Sanctuary.  Youth campers board our "Lake Lab" to 
study the hidden underwater of glacial lakes, don masks and snorkels to view 
underwater plants and wildlife up close, and venture onto floating bogs in 
search of insect-eating plants.  For the teens, the adventure begins at the 
Audubon Sanctuary, learning the basics of low impact camping, safe paddling and 
outdoor cooking skills. Afterwards the group sets out for a four/five day canoe 
trip where they uncover mysteries of the river, explore the ecology of the 
region, and gain confidence with outdoor skills.  

Family.  New this year is the Hunt Hill Family camp for kids ages 5-15 with 
adult family members.  Families will explore Hunt Hill's forests and glacial 
lakes, watch a firefly "fireworks" show, wake up with loons calling and fall to 
sleep listening to barred owls.  Staff will lead hikes and provide nature study 

For more information or to register, contact the appropriate Audubon camp 

Maine:  888/325-5261 or camps@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 

Minnesota:      888/404-7743 or audubon1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Those interested in Elderhostel, Inc., programs should call 877/426-8056 or 
visit http://www.elderhostel.org.

Vermont:        877/753-2165 or vermont@xxxxxxxxxxx

Wisconsin:      877/777-8383 or hunthill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

To register online please visit www.audubon.org/educate/cw/ 

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