Lehigh Gap Nature Center is hosting its 15th annual Young Ecologists Summer Camp for students interested in nature who have just completed grades five, six or seven. The camp is held at Lehigh Gap Nature Center, just north of Slatington, and operates daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 25-29.

There is a registration fee, but students who receive free or reduced lunch prices in school are eligible to apply for scholarships to pay their fees. Grants from PPL, Jeras Corporation, the Rider Pool Foundation, the Trexler Trust, and Horsehead Community Development Fund help us operate the camp at very low cost. The Woman's Club of Slatington and the Concourse Club of Palmerton provide the donations that pay for economically disadvantaged students' registration fees.

Each day different nature topics are explored. Topics include birds, raptors, butterflies, pond and river ecology, and conservation issues, and activities include hiking, building bluebird nest boxes, and visiting local ecosystems such as the Lehigh River and the forest on the Kittatinny Ridge. Students will also work with scientific equipment such as microscopes, water quality test kits, and binoculars and will learn how to identify trees, birds and other organisms.

There are still openings for the camp. To apply for the camp, please contact Lehigh Gap Nature Center at (610) 760-8889 or lgnc@ptd.net [1].

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center is a member-supported, nonprofit, wildlife conservation organization based at Lehigh Gap. Its mission is to protect and restore wildlife and habitat through education, conservation, and research for the benefit of people, wildlife, and the earth. To learn more, contact the Center or visit their website at http://lgnc.org [2].