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EPA Grant Supports Children’s Day Camp at Pemberton Historical Park

Release Date: 8/4/1999
Contact Information: Roy Seneca (215) 814-5567

SALISBURY, Md. -- A $5,000 education grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, mid-Atlantic region, is helping to fund a six-week summer day camp program at Pemberton Historical Park for about 100 children ages 5 to 14.

The camp runs through August and is designed to helps students, especially those from low income and minority households, to identify community issues through historical land use studies, field studies, media resources, canoe trips, and other methods. The park, which is owned and operated by the Wicomico County Department of Recreation and Parks, covers 247 acres that was once part of an 18th century plantation.

"It is important to hold programs like this for children so that they can learn to understand local and global environmental concerns as well as historical uses of the land," said W. Michael McCabe, EPA’s regional administrator for the mid-Atlantic region.

EPA’s education grant program is designed to stimulate grass-roots environmental education. In the mid-Atlantic region, 25 grant recipients include schools, civic groups and non-profit organizations. Nationally, $3 million was awarded in 1999.

For more information on this grant contact Eugene Mattis at (215) 814-5747. EPA’s regional Internet home page also has general information on the grants