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Discovery Day Camp Offered At The Center This Summer

Discovery Center to host fourth annual camp in June, July and August.

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will host its fourth annual Discovery Day Camp during June, July, and August.

Expanding every year, the camp expects to serve 182 children in 2002. This educational camp is presented in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the Northwest Service Academy Americorps.

"This camp has been extremely successful," said Steve Rice, Discovery Day Camp director at the center. "Children love to learn through discovery and interaction. That's what our Day Camp is all about!"

Camp sessions are a week in duration. Full-day sessions for children about to enter second and third grade begin the weeks of June 17 and 24. Morning sessions for those about to enter kindergarten and first grade are scheduled for the weeks of July 8, 15 and 22, and full-day sessions for fourth and fifth grades will begin July 29.

The focus of all camp activities will be the natural and cultural history of the Columbia River Gorge with an emphasis on stewardship mixed with summertime fun. Activities will include sensory explorations, finding and observing wildlife, acting out the lives of pioneers, singing, storytelling, experiments, and crafts.

Hiking activities will take the campers to surrounding hills and down to the river. Fourth and fifth graders will travel by bus to local sites to study history, interview landowners and gain an appreciation for various points of view about land use.

The fee for kindergarten and first grade is $55. The fee for second through fifth grade is $95.

Fee includes all camp materials, a T-shirt, and snacks for younger campers. Second through fifth graders are asked to pack their own lunches each day.

Discovery Day Camp is assisted with in-kind support by local organizations such as the Oregon National Guard, Hughes Feed and Grain, Columbia Gorge Community College, the American Red Cross and local landowners.

For registration information and tuition assistance if needed, please contact Rice at (541) 296-8600 ext. 206.

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