URI to offer Oceanography Explorer Day Camps

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Dive into the wondrous world of Oceanography with URI scientists

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. – May 17, 2006 — Looking for that unique and special summer camp experience for your children? Youngsters who are entering grades 6-8 this fall can participate in a fun-filled and up close opportunity to learn about oceanography this summer. Session I runs July 10 – 14; session II runs July 17 – 21.

University of Rhode Island outreach scientists are experienced science teachers and camp instructors who will introduce your children to the fascinating world of oceanography and take them into the field each day to learn firsthand about the diverse coastal environments of Narragansett Bay.

Designed with the interests of the age group in mind, action-packed activities will include thorough explorations of the barrier beaches, salt ponds, rocky shores, and salt marshes of Rhode Island. Participants will also cruise aboard URI’s 51-foot research vessel Cap’n Bert. They will investigate the mysterious and exciting life beneath Narragansett Bay and use scientific instruments and equipment to make fascinating discoveries about the local marine environment. The week-long camp will conclude with a behind-the-scenes tour of Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration.

The day camp meets at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett Bay Campus, South Ferry Road, Narragansett. Cost is $335 per camper. For more information or to register, call 401-874-6211.