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Barrens to Bay Summer Camp at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge

Region 5, August 9, 2013
Central Pine Barrens Commission educator, Melissa Griffiths, shares her sense of wonder with campers.
Central Pine Barrens Commission educator, Melissa Griffiths, shares her sense of wonder with campers. - Photo Credit: n/a
Barrens to Bay campers and USFWS park ranger, Todd Weston, and Visitor Services intern, Michelle Pleim, work together to learn about the diversity of life in the Carmans River.
Barrens to Bay campers and USFWS park ranger, Todd Weston, and Visitor Services intern, Michelle Pleim, work together to learn about the diversity of life in the Carmans River. - Photo Credit: n/a

During the summer of 2013, approximately 100 campers participated in the Barrens to Bay summer camp at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge. This was the second summer in a row that local area youth, ages 7-11, could enjoy learning about their local environment through the educational facilities available at the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex's visitor center. Barrens to Bay summer camp is a collaborative effort between the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex and the New York State Central Pine Barrens Commission that helps connect an underserved area of Long Island with the amazing natural resources in their own community. This season one Service full time staff member, four  interns, five local volunteers, and one Central Pine Barrens Commission staff member worked together to provide high quality environmental education experiences to the campers, with other staff and volunteers working in the background to help facilitate registration and logistics. Six one-week sessions, two more than available last year, gave six separate groups of children the chance to develop their own personal connections with the environment.

Contact Info: Todd Weston, 631-286-0485 Ext. 2118, todd_weston@fws.gov