Contact: Kristy Wright 212/979-3027 Kwright@xxxxxxxxxxx AUDUBON SUMMER CAMPS - FUN FOR ALL AGES 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/ <http://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. MAINE 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 - more - 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. MINNESOTA 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. VERMONT 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. - more - WISCONSIN 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 instruction. For more information or to register, contact the appropriate Audubon camp directly: Maine: 888/325-5261 or camps@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx http://www.maineaudubon.org/programs/camps Minnesota: 888/404-7743 or audubon1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx http://www.audubon-center.org/elderhostel.htm Those interested in Elderhostel, Inc., programs should call 877/426-8056 or visit http://www.elderhostel.org. Vermont: 877/753-2165 or vermont@xxxxxxxxxxx http://www.audubon.org/educate/cw/vermont-kid.html Wisconsin: 877/777-8383 or hunthill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx http://www.audubon.org/local/sanctuary/hunthill/summer.html To register online please visit www.audubon.org/educate/cw/ <http://www.audubon.org/educate/cw/>. # # # You are subscribed to Audubon-News. To unsubscribe, send email to audubon-news-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, http://www.freelists.org/list/audubon-news.