Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Summer Means Coral Reef Ed-venture

- Press Release - Coral Reef Ed-ventures is back at San Pedro once again! This summer is the ninth summer of the environmental education program sponsored by the collaboration of Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Smith College (Massachusetts, USA).

The program is free and open to all children between the ages of 7 and 11. Coral Reef Ed-Ventures consists of a variety of fun and exciting games, stories, crafts, projects, scientific experiments and even field trips.

The program will be held at the RC School starting Monday, June 30 and running until July 11 from 9:00a.m. to 11:45a.m. Permission slips are available for pick up at the public library and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Office and should be handed in by participants on the first day of the program.

An advanced Coral Reef Ed-Ventures program will also take place for students ages 12 and up who have attended the regular program in the past or who have a strong interest in learning more about the coral reef. The week-long course will take place starting on June 23, and run until June 27 in the afternoons from 4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. at the Lion’s Den. The course will provide a more in-depth look into some of the environmental and human-induced factors faced by the Belizean coral reef today and involve a larger group project. Pick up a permission slip at the library or Hol Chan and bring it to the first day of the program.

The advanced and regular camp will conclude in a graduation ceremony, performance, and party where all participating students will be presented with prizes and a Coral Reef Expert Card.

The teachers will also be showing movies on Tuesday evening, June 10 and Wednesday June 18 at 7:00p.m. at the Lion’s Den. Look for posters around town for movie titles. Popcorn will be served!

The Coral Reef Ed-Ventures team can’t wait to see you there. The Coral Ed teachers from Smith are Katie Donovan ‘09, education major; Madeline Weigner ‘09, geology major, marine science and policy minor; Trea Schumacher ‘09, biology major, marine science and policy minor; Penny Luo ‘08, biology major, marine science and policy minor; Andrea Gohl ‘08, geology major; and Hannah Dunning ‘09, English major, environmental science and policy minor.

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