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Adkins Arboretum Announces Summer Camps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD - MARCH 23, 2010)

Summer belongs to children, and summertime is wondertime at Adkins Arboretum! The Arboretum's Creative Kids Camps series affords children an easygoing, relaxed atmosphere where creativity and fun flourish. Campers spend each day discovering the surprises of the natural world in the Arboretum's meadows, woodlands, streams and a wetland. Now in its sixth year, Creative Kids Camps provide each camper with opportunities to discover and shine, both outdoors and from within.

This summer, the Arboretum will host two camps for preschoolers ages three to five - Camp Bumblebee (June 14-18) and Camp Pollywog (July 5-9). These camps run for two hours each, and explore "things with wings" and ecosystems found at the Arboretum, respectively. In Camp Paw Paw (June 21-25), a half-day camp for children ages six to eight, campers will look to the natural world for inspiration to create with art media and through scientific experimentation. Camp Egret (June 28-July 2), a full-day camp for children ages nine to 12, is titled "Discovery Days" and will engage campers in traditional camp activities, ecological investigations through the arts, and the fascinating world of botany to discover the interconnectedness of people, history, ecology and art. Through the Arboretum's Creative Kids Camps, children learn to be a part of something larger than themselves, and sprout friendships, learning and a sense of accomplishment.

Adkins Arboretum's camps are state certified. Space is limited, and registration is underway. Visit www.adkinsarboretum.org">www.adkinsarboretum.org to register or for more information, or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0. Positions are also available for volunteer counselors; counselors must be at least 16 years of age and be willing to work a full week of camp.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org">www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Photo: Registration is underway for Adkins Arboretum's Creative Kids Camps, summer camps for preschool to middle school-aged children. For more information or to register, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org">www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.