URI to host Summer Wellness Festival for Tick Control Awareness Day, June 7

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Event includes dog walk, Girl Scout badge, exhibits, demos, more

WHO: University of Rhode Island tick experts Thomas Mather and Nate Miller, along with physicians, veterinarians, tick control vendors, environmental and outdoors organizations, and health groups.

WHAT: The Summer Wellness Festival for Tick Control Awareness Day will feature tick bite prevention demonstrations and workshops, educational exhibits, keynote speakers on a variety of subjects, raffles, and a wide range of vendors and non-profit groups offering products, services and information about how to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about ticks. Those in attendance will be able to assemble a tick bite prevention kit for the family, and children of all ages can climb a rock wall and participate in other fun activities. A one-mile dog walk will begin at 10 a.m., and girl scouts can earn a tick control awareness badge by attending and participating in select activities.

WHEN: Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: The University of Rhode Island athletic fields, next to the Ryan Center, in Kingston.

CONTACT: For more information contact Karen Frost at the URI Center for Vector Borne Disease at 401-874-2928 or Todd McLeish in the URI Department of Communications at 401-874-2116.