Snorkel Club begins July 11

POSTED: 06/28/16 7:48 PM

St. Maarten News – The Nature Foundation will once again offer its popular nature education snorkel club program from Wednesday July 11 to Saturday August 6.  The Nature Foundation established the program with the aim of educating local youth in both marine and terrestrial nature conservation. Children will be given a total of ten lessons with each lesson consisting of both theory and practical elements.

Lessons will include snorkeling skills, marine naturalist courses, and introduction to scuba diving, hiking tours, information on trees and terrestrial nature conservation and a special closing activity. Children who attend the program receive a copy of the How to Snorkel Manual, a Nature Foundation tee-shirt, fish identification cards and wetsuits for sun protection, all of which they can keep.

An extra activity this year centered on nature education is a program focused on at risk and troubled youth. “There is a whole group of kids that come from a troubled background but that are fascinated by our nature and would love to get exposed to nature and nature conservation. Oftentimes these children are forgotten when it comes to environmental education activities and therefore we want to specifically include them in this year’s program,” Nature Foundation Manager Tadzio Bervoets says.

This year’s snorkel club was made in a large part possible through the support of the Scuba Shop, Divi Little Bay Beach Resort and Dive Adventures.

Interested parents and adults can contact the Nature Foundation at 5444267 or via email at info@naturefoundationsxm.org for Information.

The snorkel club for kids will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from nine to eleven a.m. and costs only twenty five guilders for the ten lessons. Those who wish to sponsor a child from a less fortunate background are urged to do so by contacting the Nature Foundation. Parents are urged to register their children early due to limited space.

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