August 14, 2019

NEW LOGIC
Youngsters perform a simulated marine mammal rescue during the marine science camp.

NEW LOGIC Youngsters perform a simulated marine mammal rescue during the marine science camp.

KEY LARGO — A touring team of marine science professionals based in the Florida Keys winds down the summer youth-camp season with an Aug. 31 session at Baker’s Cay Resort.

“We’re all locals living here in the Keys, so we’re excited about being able to work with local families along with the resort guests,” said Sherri Paris, founder of the New Logic Marine Science Camp.

The three-hour camp session for ages 5 to 12 will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 31, at Baker’s Cay Resort, mile marker 97, bayside. Monroe County residents will qualify for a “substantial discount” off the regular $75 cost.

“Children actually get the full experience of what it’s like to be out in the field as a marine scientist,” Paris said. “Every lesson has a hands-on activity that goes with it.

“We’ll cover topics of importance to the Keys, like the need to preserve our coral reef. Kids will work with a seine net and identify what they catch, and run some water quality tests to learn about the health of our waters.”

Other environmental awareness sessions reveal how dolphins use echolocation, and details on Keys species like sea turtles, manatees and sharks, plus the concern over invasive species.

New Logic Marine Science holds a long list of camp sessions in the summer months in Northeast states, mostly in New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware. The Baker’s Cay Resort camp is the only youth-camp session in Monroe County this summer.

The camp staff — including Stephanie Sirotzke, Dan Brooke and Colin Howe — also regularly hold Eco Experiences, a one-hour session for hotel guests at eight resorts in Key West and eight resorts in the Middle and Upper Keys.

“Our people wear many hats,” said Paris, who founded the New Logic Marine Science program more than a decade ago and started the Keys operation in 2014. “It’s all focused on marine conservation and respect for our environment.”

Campers should bring sunscreen, water shoes (old sneakers are fine), sandals or shoes for land activity, drinking water and a snack.

For registration information, visit marinesciencecamp.com or call 305-440-0662.

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