The Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center is continuing to accept applications for the remainder of its 2015 Marine Summer Camps. The nonprofit organization has set up an exciting and educational season for its summer camps for children ages six and upward. All instructional materials are provided plus a graduation luncheon will be held each Friday.
Campers will explore some of the area's beautiful barrier islands and the waters of Estero Bay. Scheduled field and beach trips will introduce campers to sea grass communities, including plankton populations, mangrove tangles and bird nesting areas. The staff of state certified teachers -two that were recently honored for Golden Apple recognition- offers a wide diversity of expertise providing highly personalized instruction. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
"Our camps are really effective. We have absolutely wonderful teachers, who are directors at the Island Coast High School Natural Resource Academy," said Ostego Bay Foundation President Joanne Semmer. "We have kids that come back year after year. When they outgrow the program, some of them come back as interns."
Sea star campers pose before their third class of the week. They are pictured with state certified teachers Cherie Sukovich (far left) and Joe Mallon (sitting with orange shirt), Ostego Bay Marine Science Center president Joanne Semmer and junior counselors.
Ostego camp staff members are looking for junior counselors for next summer. This is a great opportunity for high school students to collect volunteers hours. Email Cherie Sukovich at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
"The marine science camp is a week-long day camp focusing on our marine environments of Southwest Florida," Sukovich said. "Students are immersed in hands-on activities and learn firsthand the importance of our marine and estuarine environments not only for fishing and recreation, but for the overall health for our water systems."
The remainder of the 2015 summer schedule is as follows:
- July 6 to 10 SEA STARS/LOGGERHEADS (6 - 11 YEARS)
- July 13 to 17 SEA STARS (6 - 8 YEARS)
- July 20 to 24 LOGGERHEADS (9 - 11 YEARS)
- July 27 to 31 TIGER SHARKS (12 YEARS AND OLDER)
- Aug 3 to 7 SEA STARS/LOGGERHEADS (6 - 11 YEARS)
For more information, call 765-0181 Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go to www.ostegobay.org for an application to register.