Make the Most of Winter School Break with NH Audubon’s February Fun Vacation Camps

Posted on December 22, 2014

Open to children ages 6 to 12 in Concord and Auburn

Concord and Auburn, New Hampshire – Did you know that bears in New Hampshire don’t actually hibernate in the winter? Make the most of your child’s February school vacation – and learn what bears and other wildlife really do when it gets cold in the Granite State – with NH Audubon’s February Fun Vacation Camps Monday, February 23 through Friday, February 27. Open to children ages 6 to12, the all-day camps are offered at both the Massabesic Audubon Center at 26 Audubon Way in Auburn and the McLane Center at 84 Silk Farm Road in Concord. Children may attend all or part of the week.

During the camp sessions, which are from 9am to 4pm at both locations, children explore nature in the winter through outdoor excursions on foot or snowshoes, play games, sing songs, tell stories, interact with live animals and work on craft and conservation projects that illustrate the wonder of New Hampshire in the winter.

“Our February Fun Vacation Camp is an amazing and engaging way for kids to observe and explore the natural world during the fascinating season of winter,” said Sarah Wall, camp registrar at NH Audubon. “There’s no better – and more fun – way to learn about what’s right outside our door than unplugging and experiencing it firsthand. Our camp leaders create activities that are more fun than any video game or DVD!”

The camp fee is $42 per child per day for NH Audubon members and $52 for not-yet members. Camper drop-off begins at 8:30am and after-hours care is available from 4 to 5:30 pm for an additional charge of $8 per child for members and $10 for not-yet members. Financial assistance is available. Children should bring their own lunches and snacks and wear clothing appropriate for outdoor adventures.

Parents can register online at www.nhaudubon.org or contact Sarah Wall at 224-9909 x 333 or swall@nhaudubon.org for more information.

For programmatic questions, contact Kevin Wall (224-9909 x 342, kwall@nhaudubon.org), Camp Director at McLane or Angie Krysiak (668-2045, akrysiak@nhaudubon.org), Camp Director at Massabesic.

Still wondering what bears really do to survive the winter? According to New Hampshire Public Radio’s Something Wild, bears – along with skunks, chipmunks, squirrels and raccoons – go into “torpor,” a state when an animal lowers it heart and respiratory rate down to a point that saves energy, but is not the near death of hibernation. Something Wild is produced in partnership with NH Audubon.

About New Hampshire Audubon

Founded in 1914, New Hampshire Audubon’s mission is to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. It is an independent statewide membership organization with four nature centers throughout the state. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults at centers and in schools. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. New Hampshire Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on New Hampshire Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909 (McLane), 668-2045 (Massabesic), or visit www.nhaudubon.org.

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