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June 27, 2017
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July is Park and Recreation Month. While it's been celebrated since 1985, the annual event became official when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution in July 2009. This year the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is challenging everyone to "get their play on" with their local parks and recreation. For children and adults, play is a vital part of mental well-being, physical health, and personal interactions.  
Get Your Play (and STEM) On in July   
Getting kids outside exploring nature is a great way to play, not to mention highlighting biology and earth science - two key areas in STEM. In the spirit of Park and Recreation Month, here are three great opportunities that offer STEM alongside play.
Science Camp for Teens Hawaii
Land & Sea Science Camp: Campers will visit Kilauea, HI, the world's most active volcano and see footprints in hardened ash that are over 200 years old and one of the world's greatest mineral collections. They'll visit beaches made entirely of minerals, learn about the events that take place in the natural world, and experience first-hand how they affect plants, animals, and humans.
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Wildlife Conservation: During this in-depth wildlife biology exploration, campers will learn to conduct fieldwork, care for animals, and protect creatures around the world. Working in a sheltered outdoor classroom, campers will go behind the scenes with Animals Keepers, explore animal diets and dissect owl pellets, and investigate flight science and feather aerodynamics.

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Salish Sea Science Explorers: Campers will learn about the incredible marine world of Puget Sound and explore where the land meets the water. They'll design, build, and deploy their own monitoring buoys, use water-quality testing tools, and collect marine observations for telling a story. They'll also learn how to track the animals of the forest.
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