Cazenovia Preservation Foundation to send student to DEC camps

The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation is offering a scholarship to cover registration for one week at a New York State Department of Environmental Education camp this summer. The camps are in four locations around the state, and offer a variety of natural science and conservation programs for youth ages 12 to 14. Flyers have been distributed to the middle school and high school. Applications will also be available at Common Grounds.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Summer Camp Program offers one week adventures in conservation education for students, ages 12 to 14 at four locations in New York, including camps in the Adirondacks, Catskills, and Genesee River Valley.

During their one week residence at the camp, campers participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities, which include fishing, bird watching, fly-tying, canoeing, hiking, camping, orienteering, hunter safety education, hands-on activities, natural resource science techniques as well as exploration of fields, forests and streams.

The CPF will select one student from Cazenovia for a one week session. Choice of camp and date is made by student after selection. CPF will pay camp registration fees. The student will be responsible for transportation to and from the camp. Information on the DEC camps can be found at dec.ny.gov/education/29.html.

To apply for the CPF sponsorship, students must submit a one page application to CPF by Feb. 4. Applications can be picked up at the High School office, Middle School office, Project Caf and by contacting CPF at cpfstaff@verizon.net.

The successful applicant will be 12 - 14 years old on Dec. 1 2011 and have a demonstrated interest in environmental or nature activities. CPF will notify the sponsorship winner by Feb. 11.

CPF is a local land trust whose mission is to protect historic, agricultural and natural resources in and around Cazenovia for the benefit of the community. In addition to protecting land through conservation easements, CPF owns 350 acres in Cazenovia and maintains over 11 miles of public use trails in the town.

Our popular summer walk series includes programs for families with children. Middle school-age students have worked with CPF during their community service days and have attended some summer walks, but local non-school opportunities for hands-on natural science exploration are limited. The summer camp scholarship will provide one student this opportunity.

More information on CPF can be found at cazpreservation.org.

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