Sign up for Reef Guardians’ Summer Reef Camp

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    Two young reef guardians explore the ocean behind a turtle at the Coral Reef Kids Camp on Kaua‘i.

‘ANINI — Young explorers ages 8 to 13 are diving into Coral Reef Kids Camp this summer, starting June 1.

The outdoor day camp is run by Reef Guardians Hawaii, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates this science and art environmental-education program during all school breaks throughout the year.

Summer Reef Camp sessions are three days a week at ‘Anini Beach, generally Monday to Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and registration is now open.

“At Reef Camp, kids learn about the natural environment from their own joyful experiences,” said Robin Mazor, program director. “They dive in. They become more aware. They connect. We are gearing up for another summer of learning adventures and meaningful, memorable experiences,” she said.

“Being a reef guardian starts with loving the reef.”

The ocean-discovery program is designed for kids who are good swimmers and enjoy snorkeling. Snorkel gear is provided and sized for each camper.

Reef Guardians’ education programs are supported by community donations and grants, as well as a contributing team of board members and community volunteers. This program is supported by the Manitou Fund and the G.N. Wilcox Trust.

At Reef Camp, participants explore and study the world of fish, coral and other invertebrates, turtles and other marine animals, limu (algae), and the physical features that provide their home environment.

This fun and fascinating program is taught from ecological, Hawaiian and scientific perspectives, encouraging values of stewardship, curiosity and a quest for learning.

Reef Guardians’ program partners include the state Deparatment of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources and Surfrider Foundation Kaua‘i. A team of professional marine biologists and educators conduct the program, and skilled volunteers assist in and out of the water.

“Surfrider is excited and happy to be partnering with Reef Guardians again at Reef Camp,” said Barbara Weidner of Surfrider Kaua‘i. “The kids are our future, and give us hope for protecting our environment and making better choices,” she said.

Parents commenting from past camps described the Reef Camp experience as a wonderful, fun balance of learning and doing, where kids are inspired to be active guardians and have a deep appreciation of the ocean and reefs.

To sign up, go to reefguardians.org. Half-price scholarships and free tuition are available by sending requests to education@reefguardians.org.

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