2006-05-25 / News

URI day camp for budding oceanographers offered

Parents looking for a unique summer camp experience for their children in grades 6 to 8 can participate in a fun-filled and upclose opportunity to learn about oceanography this summer.

Session I runs from July 10 to 14 and session II runs July 17 to 21.

University of Rhode Island outreach scientists are experienced science teachers and camp instructors who will introduce the children to the fascinating world of oceanography and take them into the field each day to learn firsthand about the diverse coastal environments of Narragansett Bay.

Designed with the interests of the age group in mind, actionpacked activities will include thorough explorations of the barrier

beaches, salt ponds, rocky shores, and salt marshes of Rhode Island. Participants will also cruise aboard URI's 51-foot research vessel Cap'n Bert. They will investigate the mysterious and exciting life beneath Narragansett Bay and use scientific instruments and equipment to make discoveries about the local marine environment. The weeklong camp will conclude with a behind-the-scenes tour of Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration.

The day camp meets at URI's Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett Bay Campus, South Ferry Road, in Narragansett. The cost is $335 per camper. For more information or to register, call 874-6211.

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