Save The Bay February Vacation Camp Gets Kids Outdoors and Up Close with Nature during Winter Break

PROVIDENCE, RI – Public school winter break in February can leave parents wondering how to keep their children entertained, active and safe while out of school during the coldest month of the year. For third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders, the answer may in Save The Bay’s February Vacation Camp, which is accepting registrations now. “February Camp gives kids an opportunity to get outside during the season when it’s easy to get stuck inside. They get a fresh view of Narragansett Bay from the water in our education vessels and the chance to see harbor seals in their natural environment rather than at a zoo or aquarium,” said Save The Bay Camp Director Dan Blount.

“My son Nathan loved his experience last February so much that he attended summer camp with three friends, and they’re all coming back to February camp again this year. It was a learning experience unmatched by any camp he has ever been to,” said parent Rhonda Lapham of Douglas, Mass.

Though headquartered in the classrooms at Save The Bay’s “green” Bay Center in Providence, campers will be anything but stuck in a typical classroom. “Our classrooms have a touch tank with spider, hermit, and horseshoe crabs, sea urchins, and snails that children can get up close and personal with. And in the plankton lab, campers will view live microscopic plankton on iPads as they learn about the foundations of the Bay’s ecosystem,” Blount said. Hikes along the shoreline, winter bird watching and seal tours are just a few more examples of the hands-on marine science learning to be experienced at Save The Bay February Vacation Camp.

“Our daughter Haley was thoroughly delighted with all the hands-on activities and the attention given her by the staff. It was her first camp experience and she loved being near the water and exploring the sea life,” said parent Lisa Shaughnessy of Riverside.

Save The Bay’s February Vacation Camp will be held February 16-20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $250 for Save The Bay members, and $275 for non-members. More information about all of Save The Bay’s camp programs, including summer camp, as well as registration, can be found at

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