Image courtesy of Community Cycling Center ©Ben Latterell
Portland won best bicycling community in America, in 2012, and with good reason. Portland is the only large city to earn Platinum status from the League of American Bicyclists and they’ve got 180+ miles of bike lanes, 79 miles of off-street bike paths, plus bike boxes, bike parking, bike rentals, and bike repair shops on nearly every corner. The Community Cycling Center would like to see even more bikers in Portland, hence their biking summer camp. Youth enrolled in bike camp ride all over the city, cruising neighborhoods and parks in the summer sun. Camps focus on issues such a riding safely, crossing intersections, reading maps, and troubleshooting common bike mechanical problems. There’s also a heavy emphasis on how bikes can improve the health, environmental stewardship and enhanced livability of a community. Biking is something everyone can do in order to conserve fuel and energy while decreasing toxic batteries, motor oil and auto air pollution — and kids enrolled in a bike camp learn these eco-lessons early on. Bike camp is available for all kids, grades 1st through 12th.
Image Peconic Dunes 4-H Camp courtesy Cornell Cooperative Extension
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County offers a number of environmentally minded summer camps for kids from 12 months of age through 12th grade. These camps focus on 4-H, marine sciences including hands-on time with marine life, growing food, making art with plants and found objects, music, trekking, chick incubation, career exploration, skill building, environmental science classes and much more. Programs include day camps at the beach to overnight camp and more.
Image courtesy IslandWood
IslandWood is a world of green, complete with 255 acres of forest and wetlands located in the heart of Bainbridge Island, Washington. The summer camp offerings are very eco-minded and extensive, with programs to please every type of kid. IslandWood offers Nature Day Camps, for children from 4 years old through 6th grade with topics ranging from chemistry to archaeology to woodland wizardry. Other camps feature nature exploration and scientific investigation with cool skill building for kids such as how to use binoculars, collect bugs from the ponds, create nature art projects and learning how to safely hike the trails.
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