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UMM to offer green summer opportunities for the community

MORRIS — The University of Minnesota, Morris will be hosting youth camps and renewable energy tours again this summer. University Green Summer staff have designed hands-on experiences that will help people of all ages to develop a deeper understanding of renewable energy technologies and sustainability practices. Registration for these activities is now open.

Children entering grades 4 and 5 are invited to consider their relationships with nature by embarking on a quest that will explore gardening, tree identification, building a wind turbine, and more. This four-day Nature Quest Camp will take place on the Morris campus July 15-18 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The cost for the camp is $150. Children should bring a lunch each day and may be dropped off in the Welcome Center lobby. Families are invited to attend a Parent’s Night on Thursday, July 18, at 6 p.m. at Pomme de Terre Park.

Children entering grades 6-8 can explore the prairie and woods in Prairie Adventure Camp, July 21–27. Participants will be venturing to three “base camps” in the greater Morris area: Pomme De Terre Park, Glacial Lakes State Park, and Lake Carlos State Park. Along the trail, children will learn and practice many types of camping and personal safety skills such as shelter building, leave-no-trace camping practices, cooking skills, knot tying, orienteering, advanced survival skills, and more. The cost for this overnight camp is $840 for the week (before Saturday, June 1). Registrations received after June 1 will be subject to an additional $50 registration fee. This covers the cost of all meals, snacks, campsite rentals, materials, group camping equipment, and individual skill training. All registrations are due by Monday, July 1.

The public is also invited to tour the University’s renewable energy facilities, including the biomass plant. These free, guided tours are intended for all ages and are offered on the following days: July 13, (departing from East Side Park), July 26 (departing from the campus Welcome Center), and August 10 (departing the Stevens County Fairgrounds from the Lee Community Center). Tours begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m.

Additional information on camps and green tours is available at or 320-589-6468. Because seats are limited, pre-registration is encouraged.