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.