ONEONTA, NY: After a five year hiatus, the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society is bringing their popular week-long New Summer Day Camp Program back this year at the group’s Franklin Mountain Sanctuary in Oneonta. The one week program, Adventures in Nature, is available for children entering grades 3-6 in the fall and will run from July 22 through July 25 from 9:30am to 3pm each day.
The program will be led by education professional, Megan Gigandet with assistance from DOAS Board Member, Julie Smith. Ms. Gigandet states that she is “looking forward to a fun and exciting week with a lot of thrilling adventures planned.” The camp will provide fun, hands-on experiences in natural science and environmental education through field investigations, crafts and games. Campers will explore a variety of habitats at the Sanctuary, known locally for the Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch, and learn about creatures that live there.
The Summer Program, named in honor of long-time DOAS member Dr. John G. New, is part of the Audubon group’s effort to increase the use of the Franklin Mountain Sanctuary for education activities for children and families. “With increased support from our new Business Sponsorship Program, we are offering the summer camp program this year as well as expanded education opportunities at our annual Open House event on October 5th, according to Education Chair, Susan O’Handley. “If we can successfully raise additional needed funds, we plan to offer regular programming on Saturday mornings throughout the fall and spring months at the site.” she continued.
“The excitement about the program from our board and our members is palpable – and evident in the participation of our committee, sponsorship donations and offers from volunteers to help out with the program”, stated Andy Mason, DOAS Co-President. “We are really looking forward to having the kids back this year. The Sanctuary is a perfect location for this type of outdoor program.”
Limited spaces are still available. To register a child in the Summer Camp Program or to learn about the DOAS Business Sponsor Program, please contact DOAS Education Chair, Susan O’Handley at 607-643-5680.