Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I-Schoharie) today announced that he will be holding an essay contest for all students aged 12-17 in his Assembly District. He will sponsor a student to attend one of the many Environmental Education camps put on by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
“These camps are a great way for young people to learn about the rich landscape that surrounds us in New York,” said Assemblyman Lopez. “These camps provide an invaluable resource to those children looking to learn more about the world around them. I look forward to reading all of the essays and choosing an individual who shows interest and commitment to being good stewards of the environment.”
In order for a child to be eligible for Assemblyman Lopez’s sponsorship contest, they must be between the ages of 12-17 and write a 500-word essay on what the environment means to them and why it is important to manage our natural resources. The deadline for students to submit their essay to Assemblyman Lopez’s office is April 1, 2008.
According to the DEC, the camps allow youth to become immersed in conservation education, while participating in fun activities and games that teach the wise use of fields, forests, and streams. There are usually six to eight weeks of camp that a student can choose from during the months of July and August. Camps Colby, DeBruce and Rushford educate youth who are 12 to 14 years old, while Pack Forest Camp in the southern Adirondacks offers weeklong Ecology Workshops for teens ages 15 to 17.
For more information regarding the camps offered by the DEC, please visit their website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/index.html. Should you have any questions regarding Assemblyman Lopez’s essay contest, please contact his Catskill district office at 518-943-1371.