FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2016
Camp Watershed Offers Summer Fun Outdoors
Mineral City, Ohio – This summer parents will be able to keep their children active, occupied and mentally engaged by signing them up for Camp Watershed with Huff Run and Mud Run Watersheds. On Monday, July 18th through Friday, July 22nd, Rural Action staff and AmeriCorps members will host a summer day camp for area youth in order to provide learning opportunities and physical activity during the summer. Participants in Camp Watershed will be given the opportunity to go outdoors and enjoy a variety of fun and educational activities. Drop-off will be at 8:00 a.m. with pickup at 4:30 p.m. each day at Tuscora Park in New Philadelphia.
Camp Watershed activities will feature a fishing workshop, nature exploration, kayak instruction, hiking, crafts and much more. Kids will learn about the area’s abundant natural resources and the ecosystems that keep them healthy. “Summer is my favorite time of the year to explore our parks and outdoor areas. We hope to show kids that there is a lot to do in their own backyard!” shares Marissa Lautzenheiser, Middle Tuscarawas River Watershed Coordinator with Rural Action. “Science isn’t just a subject in school with a heavy textbook. Our camp will teach kids to be citizen scientists, and hopefully help them be more engaged in the world around them.” The program is open to all local children between the ages of 8 and 12, with siblings welcome. Cost is only $100 per child, and some financial assistance is available. Registration is limited to 20 participants, and early registration is encouraged. Lunch and snacks, as well as transportation, are provided each day of Camp. To register visit www.ruralaction.org/watershedcamps or call 330.859.1050
Huff Run Watershed and Mud Run Watershed are projects of Rural Action’s Watershed Restoration program. Through their watershed program, Rural Action works to restore ecosystems by improving water quality and enhancing wildlife habitat with community support and involvement. The major pollution concern in both streams is acid mine drainage (AMD), the result of historic unregulated coal mining. AMD has left many streams stained orange with metals and heavily polluted. Rural Action has worked with government agencies and other nonprofits to complete 20 major AMD restoration projects in the local area. Rural Action is a member-based organization whose mission is to foster social, economic, and environmental justice in Appalachian Ohio. Rural Action believes every individual can make an impact in their community. Learn more at www.ruralaction.org or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and Instagram.
Mud Run Watershed AmeriCorps Member