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Applications sought for area DEC camps

— The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be accepting applications for its 2012 Summer Camp Program starting Jan. 28, according to DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.

The summer camp program offers week-long adventures in conservation education for children ages 11-17. DEC operates four residential camps for youth ages 11-13, including Camp Colby in Saranac Lake and Pack Forest in Warrensburg. Pack Forest also features Teenage Ecology Week, an environmental studies program for 14-17-year-old campers.

“As the parent of a son who spent a week at Camp Colby, I can personally attest to the quality of the camp experience for teenagers and the valuable environmental lessons learned at a DEC summer camp,” Martens said. “Many DEC camp alumni have followed their interests into careers in the environment and wildlife conservation throughout our 64 years of operating DEC summer camps.”

Campers learn about environmental stewardship through hands-on experience in the outdoors. They participate in a wide variety of activities including fishing, bird watching, fly-tying, archery, canoeing, hiking, camping, orienteering and hunter safety education. Campers also learn about fields, forests, streams and ponds through fun, first-hand experiences in these habitats. DEC counselors teach youth conservation techniques used by natural resource professionals, such as measuring trees and estimating wildlife populations.

For complete information, including when applications will be accepted, visit DEC's website at www.dec.ny.gov/education/29.html or call 402-8014.

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