The Milford Marine Institute, Inc. announces the dates and times of its 33rd year running marine science, archaeology/native culture and bird identification camps in conjunction with the Milford Recreation Department. Camps will be run at two locations this summer; the Tri Beach Neighborhood Center and the Gulf Pond Museum. All of the camps involve "hands on" learning where campers and camper counselors are encouraged to touch and hold ancient artifacts or important marine or bird specimens.
The popular Marine Biology Camp will operate out of the Tri Beach Neighborhood Center June 20-24 from 9:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. and is open to campers 7-16 with older campers in the role of camper/counselor. Campers will touch large mollusks from all over the world from the Marine Institute's collection. They will then collect local mollusks, learn the Latin and common name, learn their individual feeding mechanisms, and then mount them on a pegboard to take home. Campers will also learn the nine marine habitats and the cetaceans, pinnipeds, fish, crustaceans, sea turtles, and sharks which inhabit them. They will learn to use field guides. Campers will set up temporary aquaria as they learn to seine.

Marine Biology Art Camp will also operate from the Tri Beach Center July 5-8 from 9:30-1 P.M. and is open to campers 6-14 with older campers being camper/counselors. After studying the various marine mammals, pinnipeds, sea turtles, sharks and fish campers will draw a favorite animal on a piece of pine which will be cut out, sanded, and painted. Learning the marine habitats at the beach will be studied as well.

Bird Identification Camp will run from June 27 to July 1 and operate out of the Gulf Pond Museum from 9:30 to 1 P.M. at 138 Shadyside Lane in Milford and is open to campers 7-16 with older campers as camper/counselors. Campers will learn to identify birds at our Museum Observatory, from field guides, mounted Museum specimens, and from walks along our trails. Each camper will pick several favorite birds and draw them on a piece of pine, have them cut out, and sand and paint them.

Archaeology/Native Culture Camps will be in two sessions: Session A will be held at the Gulf Pond Museum from July 11-15 and Session B from July 18-22 and is open to campers 8-18 with older campers in the role of camper/counselor. This very unique camp will give children the opportunity to hold ancient and rare artifacts from Connecticut and beyond, to bond as a "clan of natives" and to actually learn scientific archaeological technique as they do 3 days of "digs" at an actual Paugussett native village. In 2011 a 4,000 to 6,000-year-old native full grooved axe was found at the village. For more information call the Institute at 203-874-4000 or register with the Milford Recreation online.