MYSTIC AQUARIUM TO SUMMER IN SPRINGFIELD
Mystic Aquarium Teams With Springfield College to Host Summer Camps
Mystic, Conn. (April 3, 2018): Mystic Aquarium and Springfield College have joined forces to bring a summer of education and fun to Springfield, Massachusetts. Offered July 9 through August 3, 2018, our camps offer hands-on activities, up-close animal encounters, field trips and other fun and educational experiences for children entering grades 2-12. Camps are especially designed for youth who love animals, the aquatic world and environmental conservation.
“Every day, Mystic Aquarium educators engage with students of all ages to practice science-based conservation in fun and engaging ways,” said Kelly Matis, Mystic Aquarium’s Vice President of Education and Conservation. “Summer months provide us with even more unique opportunities to work with kids to foster conservation- minded citizens of the future.”
This initiative is one of many new partnerships created by Springfield College with members of the business community who share a common mission of educating others.
“We are excited that the popular Mystic Aquarium has partnered with Springfield College on this unique and one of a kind experience for youth in our community,” said Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper, Springfield College president. “The experiential learning and hands-on experiences at Mystic Aquarium resonate with our mission of educating the whole person and we believe this camp will provide new and exciting opportunities for learning.”
For students entering grades 2-5, Endangered Species Camp is a weeklong program complete with hands-on activities relating to the planet’s most endangered animals like sharks, penguins and more. Campers will have the opportunity to investigate the pond on the Springfield College campus, speak with animal care experts directly from Mystic Aquarium and enjoy animal encounters.
Mystic Aquarium Adventure, for students entering grades 6-8, is specially designed for youth with an admiration for animals and ocean habitats and a budding interest in environmental conservation.
Hands-on journeys of exploration take place on the Springfield College campus, along the Connecticut shoreline and at Mystic Aquarium. Beach exploration and ecosystem studies are included in programming that also includes an overnight adventure at Mystic Aquarium. Transportation to off-site adventures is included.
Animal Science is a teen camp for students entering grades 9-12 with a focus on animal care and science through investigational case studies of animals from Mystic Aquarium including beluga whales, penguins, seals, reptiles and fish. Meeting on the Springfield College campus, teens learn about animal rescue and rehab, career paths in animal health and veterinary science and more. Provided travel to Connecticut allows for further habitat exploration and also offers opportunities for Aquarium behind-the scenes visits -all with the goal of providing a better understanding of animal care and veterinary work.
A complete list of camps including schedules and complete program summaries, can be found by visiting https://www.mysticaquarium.org/summer-camps-springfield-college/
ABOUT MYSTIC AQUARIUM
Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only belugas. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. Mystic Aquarium receives major support from The Coca-Cola Company, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Resorts World Sentosa and United Technologies Corporation. Learn more at MysticAquarium.org.
ABOUT SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE
Springfield College is a private, coeducational institution founded in 1885. Nearly 5,000 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduate students, study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Professional and Continuing Studies regional campuses across the country. Springfield College inspires students through the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.