Green Team invit­ing chil­dren to wet­lands camp

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A unique camp that en­cour­ages young peo­ple to have fun in the out­doors and learn about na­ture is now un­der­way at the Shearstown Es­tu­ary.

The Shearstown Es­tu­ary Wet­lands Na­ture Camp be­gan July 26 and runs un­til Aug. 6.

Chil­dren be­tween the ages of five and 12 are in­vited to at­tend the camp and learn more about es­tu­ary. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The camp is be­ing or­ga­nized by the Shearstown Es­tu­ary Green Team, and in­cludes a full sched­ule of events and some spe­cial guests, in­clud­ing noted wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher Den­nis Minty on Aug. 4 and Ticker Tom, a cat with some cool health mes­sages, on Aug. 5. Ticker Tom is a project of the New­found­land and Labrador Heart Health Pro­gram.

Minty will do a work­shop with the chil­dren, teach­ing them how to pho­to­graph the en­vi­ron­ment.

Ticker Tom en­cour­ages chil­dren to eat healthy, be ac­tive and stay smoke-free.

“ Through ed­u­cat­ing youth around the prov­ince, the Go Healthy with Ticker Tom pro­gram has made a tremen­dous im­pact in the lives of many chil­dren liv­ing in New­found­land and Labrador, and in en­cour­ag­ing par­ents and recre­ation lead­ers in the com­mu­nity to lead by ex­am­ple,” said Green Team mem­ber Keshia Par­sons.

The Green Team will hold many en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness events through­out the sum­mer, fo­cused on topics such as cli­mate change, the ocean and wa­ter con­ser­va­tion.

On Aug. 19, bi­ol­o­gist Jes­sica Hum­ber of East­ern Joint Habi­tat Joint Ven­ture will con­duct a sem­i­nar on birds in the es­tu­ary. The sem­i­nar starts at 1 p.m. and will take place at the Green Team of­fice at No. 6 Con­cep­tion Bay High­way in Bay Roberts. The event is free-of-charge and will in­clude a bar­be­cue.

The three-mem­ber team is funded by the joint man­age­ment com­mit­tee of the towns of Bay Roberts and Spa­niard’s Bay, and the Con­ser­va­tion Corps of New­found­land and Labrador. It’s one of some 25 Green Teams through­out the prov­ince.

For more, con­tact the Green Team at 788-3021, or by e-mail shearstown­green­team@gmail.com

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