UMM Launches Environmental Summer Camp

Machias, Maine – This summer, the University of Maine at Machias is encouraging kids to get messy!

UMM has launched the Machias Environmental Summer Session for Youth (MESSY) for the summer of 2009. Focused on environmental stewardship, MESSY is a week-long residential camp for students entering grades 7 through 9.

MESSY is designed to promote awareness, build knowledge, and stimulate active and creative approaches to environmental stewardship and sustainability. Campers will have the opportunity to work alongside University faculty, actively participating in important work in the field and in the classroom.

Campers will spend their afternoons “majoring” in Environmental Stewardship. In the major, they will adopt a local river, lake or bay and will spend the week making a short video documentary about it. They will also collect samples of marine life, make high-tech maps, and much more! During morning sessions, campers will “minor” in either Creative Writing and Papermaking or Marine Science.

When campers aren’t engaged in their major or minor sessions, they will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of recreational and sports activities including: hiking, canoeing, swimming, basketball, and “Capture the Flag!”

At the end of each session, campers will leave MESSY with the knowledge and tools to create solutions to 21st century environmental challenges.

MESSY is located in Downeast Maine on the campus of the University of Maine at Machias, New England’s only public Environmental Liberal Arts college.

Camp sessions will take place July 19th – 24th and July 26th – 31st.

To learn more about MESSY or to apply, call Naida Pennell at (207) 255-1289 or visit

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