Thursday, September 26, 2013

Green Adventure Camp receives state environmental award

Campers strolled the beach in search 
of litter (using gloves and other equipment).

Green Camp environmental award
Robin Schultz-Purves, Rec&Ed Coordinator,
Dick Szczygiel, Environmental Educator,
and Ryan Brown, GAC Director
received the award at the State Capitol
It was a hot and steamy July afternoon when over 70 of our Green Adventure Campers headed down to Erie State Game Area for the annual beach study and clean-up. The theme of camp that week was "Watershed Moments" with educational activities related to where water goes and how we can keep our water supply clean. In other words, the perfect week for our annual trip to the Woodtick Peninsula!

Despite the heat, campers dove into the project and safely removed many bags of litter on the beach. They cooled off at Oakwood Metropark, where the learned about animals of the Huron River/Lake Erie area.  

For the past five years, Green Adventure Camp and the Ann Arbor Public Schools Environmental Education Program have partnered with the J.R. Whiting Plant on environmental stewardship programs and projects, including the beach clean-up. Together, the partnership received the Department Environmental Quality's Neighborhood Environmental Partner (NEP) Award for 2013.  

Representatives of the AAPS Environmental Education Program and Green Adventures Camp attended the award ceremony at the State Capital Building on Thursday, September 19th. We are proud to be an environmental stewardship partner with the J.R. Whiting Plant!

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1 comment:

  1. A new challenge this year was a really wicked assault by biting flies. The campers & staff soldiered on, but we were all pretty glad to take refuge back on the bus!