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June 28, 2014

SUNY Plattsburgh's Summer Safari celebrates 27 years

PLATTSBURGH — What started 27 years ago as a week-long science camp has evolved into a three-week program that offers local kids more than 25 courses on numerous subjects from theater to money management.

The Summer Safari Program offers cultural enrichment for children ages 5 to 16 and will be held from July 8 through Aug. 8 on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.

Each year more than 200 participants come from across the country to be part of the program. 

“Summer Safari allows kids to delve into interests that they don’t have time to explore during the regular school year,” said program director Kate Chilton, who has been working on Summer Safari since its creation.

“They meet peers who are interested in the same kinds of things. They can truly be themselves.”   

Parents can enroll their kids in a multitude of courses designed to teach in a way that is hands-on and fun.

Summer Safari offers classes that stimulate myriad interests, along with classes about astronomy, basic cartoon production, creative writing, digital photography, geography and history. 

Courses include: “The Summer Theater Workshop for the Young Performer,” in which students ages 8 to 16 rehearse and perform a broadway-style play; “The Creepy Crawly Lives of Bugs” where kids ages 6 to 8 will learn about the science of bugs and insects and their role in our ecosystem; “Adventures in the Museum,” where ages 5 to 7 will tour the campus’s three museums and learn about art with SUNY Plattsburgh Museum Educator Samantha Bellinger; “Science with the Magic School Bus,” where ages 5 to 7 will do real experiments based on the educational cartoon series “The Magic School Bus”; “Minecraft 101,” where kids can learn tips and tricks on how to master the famous Minecraft puzzle game; and “Money and Me,” a financial planning course for kids ages 10 to 18 taught by Jodie Carpenter of the U-First Credit Union.

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