Edge­mere broth­ers col­lect alu­minum cans for a caus

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By KAITLIN KULICH kkulich@ches­pub.com

MID­DLE RIVER—Tripp and Brody Wein­re­ich love be­ing out­side and learn­ing any­thing re­lated to an­i­mals and rep­tiles—which is why Marshy Point Na­ture Cen­ter is their home away from home.

When the Wein­re­ich broth­ers found out that the an­nual sum­mer camp they have been at­tend­ing at Marshy Point for sev­eral years was can­celed due to COVID-19, they de­cided to find a way to sup­port the cen­ter.

”We col­lected cans from our neigh­bors and my mom’s work friends,” 8-year-old Tripp said. “We are go­ing to col­lect cans all sum­mer and fall.”

Alu­minum pop cans, that is. The broth­ers knew that Marshy Point col­lects alu­minum cans to be re­cy­cled as a way to help fund na­ture cen­ter pro­gram­ming.

Soon, the boys and their par­ents Carin and Lee, called on their neigh­bor­hood Face­book groups, lo­cal mari­nas, schools, and more to help them in their ef­forts. In just over a month, the Wein­re­ich’s have col­lected around 10,000 alu­minum cans to donate to the na­ture cen­ter—enough cans to fill an en­tire trailer.

Tripp said he chose to sup­port the na­ture cen­ter be­cause he val­ues what the Marshy Point camp coun­cilors teach him about en­vi­ron­men­tal preser va­tion.

”I like to learn about dif­fer­ent an­i­mals like fish, rep­tiles and tur­tles. Some an­i­mals are en­dan­gered and if one goes, they all go,” Tripp said.

”My fa­vorite part is just be­ing out­side and play­ing and see­ing the owls,” 6-year-old Brody said.

The broth­ers’ camp coun­selors can attest to their love of na­ture and an­i­mals—and for their en­thu­si­asm to­wards pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

”If I could pick one word to de­scribe them it would be en­er­getic,” James Duffy, a camp coun­selor at Marshy Point said.

”They are our most ded­i­cated cam­pers. They have been com­ing to camp ever since I started work­ing here and it has been amaz­ing to watch them grow. When Brody first came he was shy but over the week and after be­ing out­side and mak­ing friends he grew so much.

They’re just like lit­tle adults now.”

”They are al­ways en­thu­si­as­tic and will­ing to do any­thing,” Kelsie Fron­heiser, an­other camp coun­selor said. “[Tripp] knows a lot for a lit­tle kid. He’s an avid an­i­mal lover and has al­ways been a big na­ture fan.”

Carin, the mother of Tripp and Brody, said she is proud of her boys and is al­ways telling them that their ac­tions af­fect the well be­ing of the en­vi­ron­ment—no mat­ter how small.

”We try to teach them that kids can help with their acts, whether it is pick­ing up a piece of lit­ter, it will help the en­vi­ron­ment. They love an­i­mals and every­thing about the Bay. We re­cently got a kayak so we have been do­ing that down at Marshy Point. They re­ally miss camp though,” Carin said.

Marshy Point did have to can­cel this year’s sum­mer camp but they are do­ing vir­tual sum­mer camp ses­sions via a pri­vate Face­book page.

These ses­sions will in­clude brief, daily, pre-recorded lessons that cam­pers can view at any time dur­ing their sched­uled week, or later. Marshy Point Nat­u­ral­ists will also post scav­enger hunts and ac­tiv­i­ties for cam­pers to com­plete in their back­yards and/or com­mu­nity parks. They will also mon­i­tor the Face­book group for each camp, and pro­vide feed­back and as­sis­tance when nec­es­sary.

One up­com­ing sum­mer camp ses­sion, From Rivers to the Bay, will run Au­gust 3rd to the 7th and is for ages 11 and 12. An­other ses­sion, Bay Explorers, will run from Au­gust 17th to the 21st and is for ages 6 and 7. These two camp ses­sions are free and to reg­is­ter for them peo­ple can con­tact the Na­ture Cen­ter be­tween 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Mon­day through Fri­day.

The re­main­ing spa­ces will be filled on a first-come, first­served ba­sis. If space is avail­able, peo­ple will also need to share their Face­book pro­file name and info., so that they can be in­vited to the pri­vate Face­book group for that camp.

Tripp and Brody Wein­re­ich stand next to the trailer hold­ing the cans they col­lected for the Marshy Point Na­ture Cen­ter.

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