Coral Reef Ed-Ventures is back in Belize for its 10th year of coral reef fun!

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

The Coral Reef Ed-Ventures is an educational camp that teaches children about reef ecology. In 2000, Professors Al Curran, Paulette Peckol, and Susan Etheredge from Smith College, USA collaborated to create a program that provides a way for Smith students to give back to the community of San Pedro, Belize and its beautiful resource of the coral reef. The goal of the program for the past nine years has been to foster collaboration between Smith students and the residents of San Pedro to understand and learn more about the environmental and economic benefits of a healthy reef ecosystem. Smith students participate in the Ed-Ventures program hoping to increase awareness of conservation of this remarkable resource.There is an Advanced Camp for children ages 12 and over, who will create, with the Smith student teachers, a coral reef conservation project. Last year the group created their own magazine that was distributed throughout San Pedro educating the community about the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef nearby. This camp starts on Thursday, June 18th and ends on Friday the 26th. The program runs from 4 to 6pm (Location TBA).

For children ages 7 to 11, there is a Youth Camp, lasting for two weeks: Monday, June 29th to Friday, July 10th. The children participate in many hands-on activities emphasizing care and preservation of the reef. The program runs from 9 to 11:45 am at the RC School.

Interested students should pick up permission slips at the Library (across from the RC School) or at the Hol Chan Office and bring it to the first day of camp. We hope you will join us on our coral reef adventure!!

Before the camp officially gets underway, there will be two movie nights with popcorn and juice. Be on the lookout for dates and times. All are welcome!

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