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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mahackeno and Earthplace Join for Summer Camp

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Camp Mahackeno will be at Earthplace next summer.

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Meaghan George of the Family Y (l) and Becky Newman of Earthplace holld a terrapin and turtle. Camp Mahackeno’s longtime mascot is a snapping turtle. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The Westport Weston Family Y and Earthplace, the Nature Discovery Center today announced plans to conduct a joint camp next summer at Earthplace while the Y builds its new home at its 32-acre Mahackeno site.

Earthplace is situated among a 62-acre wildlife sanctuary that features an interactive natural history museum, more than two miles of trails, a live animal hall, birds of prey, and a preschool facility. Mahackeno has been home to the Family Y’s summer day camp since the early 1940s.

“We’re so excited about this partnership,” said Meaghan George, Camp and Youth Director for the Family Y.

“Our Mahackeno campers will be in a wonderfully natural setting that’s close to our longtime home and that will also provide them great new opportunities to learn about nature, science and the environment while having fun.”

“We’re delighted to be able to host the Y’s Mahackeno counselors and campers next summer,” said Becky Newman, Camp Director for Earthplace.

“Not only will our campers have access to the Y’s pools for free swim throughout the summer, the Y’s campers will experience a variety of Earthplace activities including pond studies, trail walks and animal encounters.” 

Posted 12/19/12 at 08:50 PM

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