Florida Keys Community College is proud to announce today that it is opening registration for the Summer 2009, Sea School Environmental Camp for grades 3 – 6.

Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and only yards from the “Lagoon” where less than 40 feet of water lay Atocha timbers and a sunken school bus for college dive students to study, Sea School will begin June 15. The camp will run from 9-4, Monday through Friday, offering 5 camps from June through August. Scheduled camps are the weeks of June 15, June 22, July 13, July 27, and August 10. “As part of our ongoing effort and commitment to serve our local community, we are very excited to offer this great program,” notes FKCC President, Dr. Jill Landesberg-Boyle.

Based in the newly renovated Clark Maxwell Nature Center at the college, activities for Sea School include a shark program by internationally recognized shark expert, Dr. Patrick Rice; ancient Japanese eco-friendly fish painting; multi-media, interactive environmental presentations; and field trips including a scavenger hunt at the Eco-Discovery Center and family day at Fort Zachary Taylor where students get to show off their work. Throughout the week, campers will get to learn all about their amazing local environment through hands-on activities, the issues affecting our environment, and actually be a part of a community clean-up where they can make a meaningful personal difference.

“This is by far the most dynamic summer program for kids I have ever been involved with,” notes Dean of Marine Sciences, Patrick Rice. “Not only are these children going to have a fun, educational experience; they are going to be able to appreciate the incredible environment they are growing up in, become active stewards of it’s future, as well as be a part of the change now.”

Sea School, staffed by FKCC Environmental Club volunteers as well as interns from the Florida Work Force Project, has limited space available. Cost is $195 per week, with a 10% discount offered for siblings attending the same week. For more information or to enroll your child, please contact Jeff Pearson at (305) 594-0414, or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Special needs of campers will happily be accommodated.

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