Environmental Education Center Offers Summer Day Camps

environmental day campThis summer, more than 200 local youths ranging from ages five through 18 will have the opportunity to participate in LCEEC Summer Day Camps, which are focused on connecting children to nature.  They will take place at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center in Covington Township.

Each weeklong camp takes place at LCEEC’s beautiful 211-acre property and LEED Gold Certified facility.  The property is home to native plants and wild animals, forested areas, a stream, a marsh, meadows, instructional gardens, and indoor and outdoor classroom space.  Campers will spend time exploring natural habitats and playing summer games while the experienced staff guides campers through innovative experiential activities including hiking, stream and forest ecology, environmental activities, nature-based art projects, and much more.

Focusing on discovery and teamwork, children gain a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of all life while daily interactions with one another helps develop cooperation skills and encourage friendships. A low camper-to-counselor ratio ensures children are safe, supervised, and engaged in activities that keep their minds and bodies healthy.

High school students interested in getting a jump-start on their college career can register for a 10-day Environmental Quality field course. Students will assess the quality of our local environment to determine the extent and sources of pollution. This three-credit course is open enrollment for any high school student who has completed their sophomore year.  Completion of the course earns students three-credits towards their Environmental Science degree, which are transferrable within Lackawanna College or to other institutions.

Other weekly themes include ArtVentures, Wilderness Survival, Backyard Habitats, Closer Look, Eco Explorers, and Eco Quest.  On the last Friday of each camp, LCEEC hosts a family program where parents and siblings can come to watch the campers receive their Ecological Awareness Certificate of Completion and present a program about their week’s experience.

For more information or to register contact the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center at (570) 842-1506 or email wheelerm@lackawanna.edu.

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