UMM's MESSY Camp Looking for Next Generation of Environmental Leaders
Full and Partial Scholarships Available
MACHIAS, Maine – Youth who are interested in science and the environment still have time to register for the Maine Environmental Summer Session for Youth (MESSY) held in August at the University of Maine at Machias.
Through a week of field trips, experiments, and projects, MESSY campers learn about 21st century environmental challenges, create their own solutions for real-world problems, and, hopefully, become better stewards of the environment.
Climate change will be the focus of MESSY 2013 as campers work alongside UMM faculty and researchers to understand how climate change is impacting the environment and what can be done about it. Highlights of the week will include storm surge modeling and analysis using geographic information systems, water sampling and assessment of the temperature and pH of the local endangered salmon habitat, and development of an energy conservation project.
MESSY is a great foundation for youth interested in marine science or environmental careers, and is a preview of the hands-on course work college students experience in UMM’s science programs.
MESSY will run in two sessions this summer – August 4–9 for grades six through eight and August 11–16 for grades nine through 12.
Jenny Robish, UMM’s youth outreach coordinator, encourages parents to register their children for the overnight camp as soon as possible. “Thanks to generous support from the Downeast Coastal Conservancy, Machias Savings Bank, and the Cargill Foundation, we still have a limited number full and partial scholarships available on a first-come, first-served basis,” said Robish.
For more information, visit www.machias.edu/messy or contact Jenny Robish at 255-1214.