SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ-  Local kids will celebrate the end of summer and learn a good deal about conservation and climate at the EARTH Center's week-long exploratory program.

The great outdoors turns into a playground and classroom for children who enroll in Middlesex County’s Eco-Ventures program.

Middlesex County students in grades 3 through 6 can register for “Eco-Ventures at the EARTH Center.”

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The program runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27 to 31. It takes place at the EARTH Center, located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

Each day will have a different theme. Students will get a hands-on look at topics like ecology, water and resource conservation, climate change, alternative energy and earth-friendly gardening. Most days will begin with a team-building exercise. 

Campers will take a field trip on Aug. 29, and later in the week, they will create public service announcements.

“This program is a great way to get children to make new friends, enjoy their summer outdoors and to understand the importance of nature and conservation,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios.

“Programs like these are not only fun, but also aid the development of important life skills,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee.

The registration fee of $115 includes program materials, a peanut-free snack each day, beverages and a parting gift. Attendees are expected to bring their own bagged lunch. Arrangements can be made for attendees with special needs. The registration deadline for Eco-Ventures at the EARTH Center is August 22.

If you would like more information on Eco-Ventures or to register, please contact the Middlesex County 4-H office at 732-398-5261.

For information on the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov and search “extension.”

Rutgers Cooperative Extension educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is an equal opportunity program provider and employer. Contact your local Extension Office for information regarding special needs or accommodations. Contact the State Extension Director's Office if you have concerns related to discrimination, 848-932-3584.