Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00
Invent Now Inc. will be holding “Camp Invention” day camp at the Sands Point Preserve from July 29 through August 2. Invent Now is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and fostering invention and creativity. “Camp Invention,” a nationally acclaimed camp for children entering grades one through six, encourages children to discover their own innate creativity and inventiveness through hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) content.
This year’s Camp Invention program is Innovate, which features the I Can Invent: Launchitude module, where children combine physics and re-engineered household items to create the ultimate Duck Chucking Device. Even if a child has participated in Camp Invention in the past, he or she will benefit from new activities and adventures throughout the week.
Camp participants and their families can enjoy the benefits of Friends’ Membership during the week, with an option to join the Friends, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the 216-acre Sands Point Preserve, at a discounted price. To register a child for this program and to learn more about Invent Now programming, visit www.campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332.
The Preserve will be holding a number of other events throughout the summer. On Sunday, July 14, visitors can join an instructor for 45 minutes of Family Yoga from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Admission is $10 per car, or free with an Annual Pass. On Friday, July 19, the Preserve will be hosting The Liverpool Shuffle, a Beatles cover band, for a show in Castle Gould’s Great Hall at 8 p.m. Of course, you can come earlier in the day to enjoy a sunset picnic, walk the wooded trails, tour the historic grounds, and see
the beautiful waterfront views of the Long Island Sound. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased online at www.thesandspointpreserve.com or at the Gate House.
On Saturday, July 20, the Preserve will feature a Bee Keeping seminar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All participants will observe, experience, and learn how to safely manage a honeybee colony. These programs are free after $10 admission to the Preserve and free with Annual Pass. On Sunday, July 28, visitors can join an exploration of the ponds. Expect to see turtles, frogs, diving beetles, tadpoles, and dragonfly nymphs while surveying the shallow but opulent water of the pond. Bring your own plastic take-out container to create an observatory at your fingertips. Also, make sure to wear shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy! The event is free with the cost of admission to the park, or with an Annual Pass.
“We’ve expanded our family and cultural programs year-round,” stated Jean-Marie Posner, Executive Director of the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve, “and we are happy to offer many opportunities for children to learn about our environment through the Nature Education programs - as well as a range of science topics covered in the new Camp Invention and Mad Science day camps. We hope families will join us at the Preserve’s Bee Apiary for our special Bee Whispering sessions that explore the importance of bees in our local environment. The Jewel Box Opera Series is a marvelous introduction to opera for adults — these are very special evenings in Castle Gould’s Great Hall because they bring back the elegant, cultured lifestyle of the original Guggenheim Estate.”