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May 27, 2013

Shangri La Gardens announces summer camps for 2013

ORANGE — Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center announces its upcoming summer camps, called Eco-Rangers, for students entering third-grade through ninth-grade. Eco-Rangers sessions will take place on select dates in June, July and August and are scheduled for different dates based on different age groups.

Eco-Rangers introduces students to different concepts of nature, art and science, and it gives students the opportunity to explore different ecosystems, study a variety of animals, complete art projects and engage in many hands-on activities and active games. Several of the camps are presented in partnership with the Stark Museum of Art.

All camps have a low student-to-teacher ratio, which enhances hands-on learning in the classroom-style environment. Advanced application is required, and all applications must be fully completed and signed with payment made in full in order to be processed. Each session will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applications are currently available for download under the Education, Summer Camps tabs on the Shangri La website at www.shangrilagardens.org. Applications may also be picked up in person at Shangri La’s Admission Window during open hours. Completed applications are due no later than 4 p.m., on Saturday, June 1. The fee for each class is $25 per participant for STARK Cultural Venues members at the Family level and above, and $50 per participant for non-members and for SCV members at the Individual, Dual and Couple SCV membership levels.

The Eco-Rangers camp schedule for Summer 2013 is as follows:

• Flocks of Feathered Friends

June 24 - 28, 2013 (For students entering grades 7, 8 and 9)

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Experience the art and science of birds in this hands-on class. Learn to identify at least 26 bird species at Shangri La while learning great techniques to illustrate them. Encounter the famous naturalist-artist John James Audubon, whose artistic impressions of birds have provided information to thousands of scientists. Try your hand at Audubon’s printmaking process, journal sketching, sculpting and more.

 

• Got Water?

July 1 - 5, 2013 (For students entering grades 7, 8 and 9)

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Less than 1% of the Earth’s water supply can be used for drinking. Grab your waders and join us to explore this precious resource at Shangri La. Get a little wet while surveying the biodiversity of swamps, lakes and bayou. Learn to build river systems, reconstruct watersheds and create a topographical map.

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