With the economy in the doldrums, the Sheldrake Environmental Center announced this week that it is modifying its summer program for children to “accommodate the needs of the members of the community during these tough economic times.”
Parents can opt for fewer days at a lesser cost.
The Summer Ecology Camp will continue to run from July 6 through August 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Sheldrake. Children ages 4 to 8 will explore nature through such activities as: trail walks, experiments, scavenger hunts, stories, crafts, “eco-dramas,” and visits with animal specialists. (Special arrangements will be made for Monroe campers who are dismissed at 1:00 pm.)
“Typically we have a waiting list at this point,” said Marie R. Venezia, executive director of the Sheldrake Environmental Center. “Our evaluations have been sterling. But because of the economy, we now have openings.”
To help fill the openings, the camp is allowing parents to chose from the following options:
- 2 days/week (Tuesday, Thursday), $350 for members/$375 for non-members
- 3 days/week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), $500 for members/$545 for non-members
- 5 days/week, $810 for members/$860 for non-members
There are also one-week options at a lower cost. ”We also have some scholarships available,” said Ms. Venezia.
The new schedule and options were developed after the Environmental Center received feedback from parents about financial hardships. Formerly, the only choice was a two-week, five-day per week program.
“The program has benefits for the campers and also for the young counselors, who pursue environmental science programs in high school and later in college,” said Ms. Venezia. “We have a theme of the day in which the counselors are trained. The kids come away with a good body of knowledge.”