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It was a busy summer for our Nature University campers at Swindler Cove, exploring the environments of Northern Manhattan and beyond. The month-long summer enrichment program engaged 30 youth from Inwood, Washington Heights, Harlem and the Bronx in a variety of innovative outdoor activities that helped deepen their awareness of the natural world around them. Through cultivating their own vegetables, cooking meals from scratch and learning about sustainable practices, the students developed a strong sense of ownership for their environment and their personal health and wellbeing. One camper has even been urging his mother to cook more vegetables for him at home!
 
NYRP Education staff and junior counselors escorted campers on field trips to the High Line to learn about the unique public park restoration, the Liberty Science Center to experience some of the concepts they had been learning, and Stone Barns in Westchester County, where they met farm animals and participated in a nature walk through the farm. The summer culminated in a camping trip to Sebago Cabins in Harriman State Park where campers had the opportunity to fully surround themselves in nature and test out all they had learned this summer.
 
As a result of their experience, Nature University campers returned home with a new found confidence and equally important, a budding interest in caring for their urban environment.
 
Nature University is a six week summer camp program of the New York Restoration Project that takes place in Swindler Cove every year. Through hands-on, nature-based activities, campers develop a sense of ownership over their environment and an understanding of the connection between their own health and wellbeing and the world around them. Be sure to check back in the spring for more information on Nature University 2012.
 

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