Hydromania camp flows into Milton-Freewater

The camp for youths will focus on science, water and the local environment.

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MILTON-FREEWATER -- Students are invited to participate in a new summer science camp to be held June 12-14.

The Hydromania camp will focus on science, water and the local environment, and will include hands-on activities, field trips and interaction with other students.

The camp is being sponsored by the Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council, Milton-Freewater Unified School District and the city of Milton-Freewater.

Hydromania was developed by the Bonneville Power Administration to explore nature, and gives participants a look at science and the environment as it pertains to everyday activities, according to a news release.

The Umatilla Electric Cooperative held the first first Hydromania camp in Hermiston in 1998. This is the first year a Hydromania camp is being held in Milton-Freewater.

"Our vision is that Hydromania will grow over time into a full-week camp with more activities and sponsors," said Bob Chicken, coordinator for the current sponsors, in a news release. "We have a great staff lined up, full days planned and are excited about camp."

The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central Middle School, and at various locations throughout the local watershed.

The camp is geared for children who will be in fifth through ninth grades this fall. A registration fee of $25 is required, with some scholarships available.

More information is available at city schools, or the Watershed Council, 810 S. Main St. For information online, visit wwbwc.org, or call Bob Chicken, WWBWC STELLAR coordinator, at 541-938-7086.

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