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families today April 2018


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Get inspired by spring with these reading suggestions by JENNIFER LU’BECKE, youth services specialist at the North Olympic Library System

Spring brings longer days of light and warmer weather to enjoy with your family. Children learn by playing and exploring their world. Did you know you can explore with the library? Here are just a few ways that the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) can help you and your family engage with each other and nature. Start with a library card. Get ready for spring with the children in your life by reading. Here are a few spring-related picture books to get you going, but don’t hesitate to ask your friendly NOLS librarian for more suggestions! “Plant the Tiny Seed” by Christie Matheson This colorful and interactive book that follows a seed through its entire life cycle as it grows into a flower in a garden full of buzzing bees, curious hummingbirds and beautiful butterflies. At the end of the book, curious young nature lovers will enjoy a page of facts about seeds, flowers, insects and the animals featured in the book.

“A Seed is Sleepy” by Dianna Hutts Aston A lovely introduction to seeds and the life cycle of plants, this book combines poetic phrases with factual prose and vivid illustrations to produce an experience that is both educational and aesthetic. “And Then It’s Spring” by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin E. Stead Following a snow-filled winter, a young boy and his dog decide that they’ve had enough of all the brown and resolve to plant a garden. They dig, they plant, they play, they wait . . . and wait . . . until, at last, the rain and sun help make the brown become a more hopeful shade of green, a sign that spring is finally on its way. “When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems For All Seasons” by Julie Fogliano Fogliano celebrates the four seasons through journal entries in poetic form, starting and ending with spring. With nature, poetry, changing seasons


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Check out a Birding Kit from your local NOLS branch. Kits include a pair of binoculars, a birding guide, and a CD of bird songs, all stored in a backpack for easy transportation and use. Another fun family kit available at your library is the Explore Olympic! Pack. Explore Olympic National Park with a free weekly park pass, which is included in the kit, along with binoculars, guidebooks and activity sheets. While out in Olympic National Park, you can enjoy a Poetry Walk on trails that do not require a pass. In April, NOLS celebrates poetry month by partnering with Olympic National Park. Poetry is placed on local trails for people to discover. Trails include the Madison Falls Trail in the Elwha Valley, Spruce Railroad Trail along Lake Crescent and Hall of Mosses Trail in the Hoh Rain Forest. Poetry will be displayed through May 31.


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Four steps to spring cleaning your family life by KRISTIN HALBERG, a leadership and wellness coach based in Port Angeles and owner of The Dream Hatchery

It’s spring! We often think of spring as the time to deep clean our homes, but it also can be the perfect time to put your habits and beliefs through a spring-cleaning process in preparation for growth.


Do you have a vision that guides your life or the life of your family? If not, setting a vision can become a powerful tool and a guiding force for all the decisions you make for your family. All you need is a method of capturing your thoughts and a few quiet moments. Set aside small blocks of time to answer the questions below either by yourself or as a family or couple. (If you have older children, you can invite them to participate with you; if so, be sure to incorporate their ideas into your vision.) Questions: 1) When it comes to your family, what is most important to you? 2) What do you want most from your family life? 3) What needs to change in the year ahead for your family to live more in alignment with the things that are most important to you? 4) What new behaviors can you adopt this upcoming year to align with what you identified in questions 1, 2, 3 and 4. 5) Imagine you are looking backward in time from this time next year. What are the ways you have grown as a family? 6) What new skills do you need to develop as individuals or as a family in order to actualize this vision? (For

example: If your vision calls for unity and togetherness, and you don’t communicate well with your teens, maybe communication skills for the whole family might help.) When all questions are answered, craft your answers in the form of a paragraph of intent, or create a vision board that can be placed on your refrigerator or somewhere in your home where it can serve as a visual reminder. Hint: Pinterest can be a substitute for an artsy vision board.


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Honor the role each family member plays in this process. Then reflect on a simple action you can take to show appreciation for each member of your family.


Now that you have clarified your vision and created a vision board or statement of intent to draw you forward, and have spent time in appreciation for your current state, the next step is to identify the habits that currently get in your way and replace them with habits that are more aligned with your vision. For example: Let’s say your vision for your family is to spend meaningful and fun time together. Yet, your current habit is to divert the kids’ attention with video games to give yourself a few hours of downtime. What new habit can you create that brings the family together in a fun and meaningful way? Can you set up a night for family games or to read aloud? If you have busy teens, can you re-establish a dinner hour and require that everyone be present at least once a week?


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If you hold beliefs that are not in alignment with the vision you created in step one, you are likely going to get stuck trying to manifest your vision. For example, if you read the paragraphs about step two and said to yourself, “This is impossible, there is no way that I can change my family by myself,” or “This is too hard, I can’t do it,” unfortunately you are probably right. Not because it’s true; but rather because you believe it to be true. If you find yourself trapped in a belief set that isn’t in alignment with your

vision, challenge your beliefs. One of the easiest ways to do this is simply to replace “I can’t” with “I wonder how I might…?” This reframes the belief into a curiosity based question. There are many fun ways to find answers. One way is to write the question in a journal with your dominant hand, then place the pen in your nondominant hand and imagine your wise-self is answering. Simply start writing the answer without stopping to think. I’m always amazed at what comes out of this technique. Another technique is pulled from the spiritual practice of Lectio Divino: Ask your question, close your eyes, open any book to any page and randomly point to a paragraph or sentence. Assume it holds wisdom for you and ponder on this wisdom until an answer comes to you. A third practice is to answer the question without words, using only gestures and body language. Opening your home and family life to the light and air of spring means opening your heart to possibility. Possibility comes from vision plus action. For more information on how to shed old habits and beliefs and spring clean your vision, visit www.thedreamhatchery. com.


Stressed-out parents? Stressed-out kids! by MAC McINTYRE, a child and family therapist at Peninsula Behavioral Health in Port Angeles

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Counseling provides an opportunity to re-connect, not disconnect. The arrival of your first child is the herald of a new routine and an entirely new way of operating in your adult world. It also ushers in what might be your most

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I responded that I was going to be the teacher. It took me a long while to appreciate that we were both right. Of course there were things that I taught my child, but he taught me how to expand my range of teaching skills, look at our world through a new set of eyes, and I became a better person for it. Although each child has thousands of lessons to learn, they probably teach parents just as many as long as the parent is involved in the child’s life and open to change. When you pay close attention to your child, magic happens. Not unlike building a house, we lay our foundation in childhood. Building trust is the mortar that links us to each other and the many growth experiences we share. Through its bonds, we cement the knowledge and feelings that we are not alone, that we are valued and loved, and that we have a good purpose. But building and maintaining trust can take a backseat for adults who are grappling with life’s challenges and who might have carried their own childhood pain into their adult life, and it is practically impossible not to pass it on to the next generation. If the foundation of our child’s life cracks, their “house” will always be on shaky ground. This is the child who might need counseling. If you think that children do not pick up on family patterns, it is simply not the case. Our unresolved, unexpressed pain is intrinsically felt by our family members,

and this includes babies. Children and adolescents are like sponges and soak up more than we think. They feel your physical presence or absence; they are influenced by your behavior, learn to talk the way you talks, and will likely manage their emotions and mood swings like you do. In child and adolescent therapy, if a child is stalled in their progress toward feasible goals, nine times out of 10 there is something in the child’s life that is keeping them stuck, and the child’s development cannot progress until that something is unearthed. It is my experience as a child and family therapist that an issue or problem in one family member is actually a family problem. It is not about blame; the family is merely the context from which the problem emerged, and children cannot be left to solve it on their own, nor should they be sent to therapy alone to be “cured.” Your role as a parent is to take part in the therapeutic process. What does Shakespeare mean in the prologue of “Romeo and Juliet?” “Townspeople! We adults must get ourselves right if we expect our children to behave right.” The eruption of the repressed anger between the warring parents leads to the suicidal deaths of both families’ precious children. This is a jarring conclusion, a tragedy for all time and a cautionary tale for us now. One would think that parents are better equipped to resolving personal problems than their children, but it actually takes great strength to stand fast, look one’s demons in the eyes and say, “No more will I pretend that

all is well. I will do whatever I can to be a better me.” Acknowledging that you need assistance to get yourself and your family healthy takes boundless courage. Children and adolescents are engaged in the critical development years that they cannot ignore and skip over. They need their full attention and energy focused on the present to keep up the pace with their peers and have a promising future. If you want to raise sensible, intelligent, responsible, loving and fun-loving children, then you must try to model it. Good parenting definitely takes time and work, but it makes us better people in the process with moments of profound joy, and it strengthens our children to carry on and maybe even surpass us. And that is what most of us want.


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The ABC’s of gardening with children by JEANETTE STEHR-GREEN, a WSU-certified Clallam County Master Gardener

Gardening offers many benefits to gardeners of all ages, but nowhere can it have a more positive impact than with children who are establishing belief systems and health habits that could serve them for a lifetime. Research suggests that kids who grow their own food are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables than other children. They also are more likely to try new fruits and vegetables and take a greater interest in nutrition. Gardening offers children a fun form of exercise. Although only moderately strenuous, gardening tasks such as digging, raking and weeding use a variety of muscle groups and burn calories at a rate similar to fast walking or biking. Gardening also gets kids away from the television or computer. Less screen time and more time in the fresh air and sunshine can relieve stress, lessen depression and result in feelings of well-being. Finally, by working in a garden, a child can experience the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time. They develop a sense of responsibility and their self-esteem grows. Gardening with children is not difficult since they seem to have a natural attraction to digging in the dirt. Here are a few thoughts to get your started. Kids do what kids like to do, so focus on activities your child enjoys and consider his or her age when planning the garden and activities. Toddlers enjoy exploring. Center the experience on their senses; choose plants with textured leaves they can feel, fragrant herbs they can smell and taste, and brightly-colored flowers that can be picked and enjoyed indoors. Preschool-aged children enjoy digging in the dirt and planting seeds. Begin with a yardstick-sized plot and a few varieties of seeds or plants. (Beware: seeds can pose a choking hazard for younger children.) Because attention spans are short, spend no more than 5 or 10 minutes at a time on any particular task. With older children, larger gardens with a greater variety of plants are possible. School-aged children should be involved in the planning and design of the garden, as well planting, tending and harvesting it. Although letting your child select what to grow helps engage their interest, you might start out with known kid-pleasers for early success. (See the story “Plants children will enjoy growing” also on this page.) Characteristics of kid-pleasers include: • Being easy to plant and tend, • Growing rapidly, producing food or flowers quickly, • Appealing to the senses through fragrance, taste, color or texture.


Teach children of all ages to eat only those fruits and vegetables they know are safe. If you have young children, avoid plants that may be


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poisonous and those with thorns and prickles. Do not allow children to mix or apply herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers, and keep them from areas where these chemicals have been applied until the spray is dry or the dust has settled. Store garden chemicals out of reach of children and keep sharp or motorized tools out of their way. Where possible, include your child in the entire garden cycle, from seed to table. Be sure they participate in harvesting and preparation of their crop, no matter how modest that might be. Involving your child in the garden can be as easy as A, B, C. So why not have a “family garden” this year and help your child get on the road to happiness and good health?


Jeanette Stehr-Green has been a certified WSU Clallam County Master Gardener since 2003. Stehr-Green writes gardening articles for both the Peninsula Daily News and the Sequim Gazette and participates in a monthly gardening call-in program on KONP. Stehr-Green enjoys teaching others about a variety of gardening topics and was co-lead for Growing Healthy, a project that brought both parents and their children into the Port Angeles Community Garden in 2014-15.

Plants children will enjoy growing by JEANETTE STEHR-GREEN, a WSU-certified Clallam County Master Gardener

A key to getting your child excited about gardening is choosing plants that are easy to grow, quick to mature and catch their interest. The following fruits and vegetables (and one flower) are mentioned repeatedly in websites and articles about gardening with children. Cherry tomatoes are winners with kids of all ages. They are much easier to grow (and ripen) in cooler climates than full-sized tomatoes, and they tend to be sweeter. Like other tomatoes, cherry tomatoes come in an inviting array of bright colors (orange, dark orange, red, yellow, green and dark maroon) that are fun to harvest and eat right off the vine. Pole beans have big seeds that are easy to handle. Once the plants get going, they produce gobs and gobs of beans. Because pole beans send out lengthy vines, they must be trellised. >> PLANTS CHILDREN WILL ENJOY GROWING continued on Page 9


plant and tend the garden beds and harvest the fruits of their labors. This year, the group will be planting fruits and vegetables in raised beds built by the Boys 2 Men group at the club. Children do not need to sign up for the gardening program but do need to be enrolled in the Boys & Girls Club to participate. Although there is a $30/year membership fee, scholarships and special programs allow all children to participate. For more information, phone Dave Miller at 360-6838095. To enroll your child in the Boys & Girls Club, go to


Consider growing pole beans on a teepee made of bamboo or PVC poles to create a secret hiding place for your junior gardener. Potatoes are fun because they are different from other garden plants; we typically grow them from parts of the potato itself, not seeds. They can be grown from supermarket potatoes that have started to sprout, but it is best to buy “seed potatoes” because they are certified disease-free. Potatoes are prolific; harvesting them requires digging for the potatoes and is a little like hunting for a buried treasure. Radishes are the fast-growing superheroes of the garden and can be harvested in as little as 25 days after planting. Radishes do well in our cool climate and require little care. Children often overlook the root of the radish as it grows, so be prepared for squeals of delight, the first time your child pulls a radish from the soil. Strawberries are nature’s candy, but unlike storebought sweets, strawberries are chockfull of nutrients, providing more vitamin C than oranges. Strawberries are easy to grow and have few pests. Harvesting strawberries is like an Easter egg hunt; make sure children know to pick the ripest, reddest berries for maximum flavor. Sugar snap peas have big seeds that are easy for little fingers to handle. Once sprouted, snap peas grow quickly and will soon be ready to climb a trellis for an attractive display of flowers and pods. Unlike garden (English) peas, the pods of snap peas are sweet and crunchy and can be eaten right out of the garden. Sunflowers have big seeds that are easy to handle. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, some reaching heights that spark a child’s imagination. If height is your goal, be sure to select a variety known for this characteristic, such as Russian Mammoth or American Giant. If your junior gardener also is interested in animals, leave the seed heads on the plant to ripen and attract a host of birds into your garden.


The WSU Extension Clallam County 4-H will be offering a youth gardening program at the 5th Street Community Garden in Port Angeles (328 E. Fifth St.) during the 2018 gardening season. The program, which began in 2016, helps youth appreciate where food comes from as they work together to plant, grow and harvest vegetables from the 4-H plots at the Community Garden. From May through September, the group will meet weekly to work in the garden. During these sessions, youth and family members learn by doing. Participants get to share vegetables grown in the 4-H plots with family and friends. Lesley Bender and Michelle Palenik are the adult co-leaders of the group; leadership opportunities also are available for older youth. The program partners with Clallam County Master Gardeners who provide monthly presentations on selected gardening topics. The program is open to kids ages 5 to 18 years. Youth Photo provided by Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula do not need to be previously registered in 4-H to participate; however, there is a membership fee of $25/youth for Jared Brooks receives a little help pushing a wheelbarrow from Clallam County Master Gardener Amanda Rosenberg. The duo non-4-H members. Financial assistance and family maxiworked together during a Sequim Boys & Girls Club gardening mum fee limits are available upon request. program session supported by Clallam County Master Gardeners. Capacity is limited. For more information or to reserve a space, phone Jenny Schmidt at the WSU 4-H Extension Office at 360-417-2398 or send an email to

Local gardening programs give opportunities to kids by JEANETTE STEHR-GREEN, a WSU-certified Clallam County Master Gardener


Sunflowers are one of the easiest seeds for children to handle, which makes planting fun and simple. If allowed to go to seed, sunflowers also attract birds to gardens to entertain children.

The Boys & Girls Club in Sequim, 440 W. Fir St., hosts a year-round gardening program supported by Clallam County Master Gardeners. The program is open to all children who are members of the Sequim Boys & Girls Club but is aimed at elementary school ages. During the winter, the gardening program meets indoors. In these meetings, participants learn about gardening practices, such as composting and crop rotation; they also make plans about what will be planted in the Boys & Girls Club garden as the weather begins to warm. In the summer, the program moves outside. The goal is to “get kids growing.” Participants help



The Boys & Girls Club in Port Angeles (2620 S. Francis St.) runs a “Garden Club” each year from April through September. The program is open to all current Port Angeles Boys & Girls Club members, a group that ranges in age from 6 to 18 years. Staff from the Boys & Girls Club teach participants about plants, gardening and nutrition. When it comes to the garden, the kids do all the work; they weed, plant, water and harvest from raised beds at the club. The Garden Club runs every weekday during the growing season and takes participants from seed to table. Fruits and vegetables grown by club members are served as part of the Boys & Girls Club meal program, a point of pride for Garden Club participants. Since there is a waiting list to join the Port Angeles Boys & Girls Club, parents are encouraged to phone the club at 360-417-2831 to have their child placed on the waiting list. Once enrolled, the membership fee is $30 per year. PENINSULA FAMILIES TODAY  APRIL 2018  9

Plan and practice a home fire escape for your family today by TRISH TISDALE, volunteer EMT with Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue

Children regularly learn about fire prevention, whether it’s from fire safety presentations at school or field trips to a fire station. But regardless of what they learn, they can’t make their homes safer by themselves. The whole family needs to make sure the home is safe. Home fires often occur between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Eighty-seven percent of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires, which usually occur between midnight and 4 a.m. when most people are asleep. In fact, children under five are twice as likely as other people to die in a home fire. Home fires can spread quickly, leaving families as little as two minutes to escape once an alarm sounds.


The first step in escaping a fire is to plan ahead. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. Check that alarms are working (by pushing the test button) monthly, and replace batteries in smoke alarms at least twice a year. A general guideline is to replace your batteries when you turn clocks forward/back for Daylight Savings Time. Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue has free monthly smoke alarm magnetic reminders for your refrigerator.

To obtain one or receive more information, stop by the district’s main office at 1212 E. First St., Port Angeles.


Many home fires are caused by children playing with fire. Teach children about fire safety. Never leave cigarette lighters or matches where children can reach them. Never play with lighters or matches when you are with time and located a safe distance from the house. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1. And your children, as they may try to copy you. Teach children to stay back from anything that can get remember, once you are out of the house, stay out! Do not go back in for pets, personal items, etc. hot, such as stoves and space heaters. One of the best steps in developing a home fire escape plan is to draw out the plan. FIRE ESCAPE PLAN Draw a floor diagram of the house, including doors All family members must know what to do in the event and windows, and mark the regular and alternative of a house fire. escape routes. Exit Drills In The Home (E.D.I.T.H.) should be Post the plan in your house so family members can planned and regularly practiced by everyone in the home. easily see it and be familiar with it. Kids might enjoy Having an escape plan reduces the chances of panic being part of drawing up the plan! and injury in home fires. Younger children might need help getting out of the PRACTICE YOUR ESCAPE PLAN house in the event of a fire. Have a plan for babies and Exit drills should be practiced at least twice a year. young children who you might need to wake and cannot Have everyone lie in bed, turn off all the lights and actiget outside by themselves. vate a smoke detector by depressing the test button. Each person should know how to get safely outside by Everyone should help “awaken” each other by yelling at least two routes — the normal exit and an alternate about the “fire.” emergency route, such as a window or another door. Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like Get escape ladders for bedrooms located on the second and what to do when they hear one. or third floors. A special meeting place should be established ahead of >> FIRE ESCAPE continued on Page 11

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Smoke in house fires is filled with toxic gases. In the confusion, one can easily become lost or trapped. Teach your family to crawl low to avoid inhaling too much toxic smoke and gases. Exit rooms according to the plan and by crawling low on the ground. Practice using the main exits and the alternative exits. You can make it more fun by timing how fast your family can escape and trying to beat your record.


Find fun ways to teach your children about fire safety. You can find coloring pages and activity sheets for free online that will help reinforce the ideas of fire safety. Read books to them about fire safety, fire departments and fire trucks. When you’re out and about, look for the exit signs in a building and count the number of exits. You can also count the number of smoke detectors.

FIRE SAFETY QUESTIONS Review these questions with your family about fire safety • What does the smoke detector alarm sound like? • When were the batteries in the smoke detector changed? • Where are the smoke detectors located in our house?

Make a game of it. Practice “Stop, Drop and Roll” or crawling low to the ground. Let your children put those fire prevention lessons to use and make sure your home is safe. Draw up your escape plan and start practicing! Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue officials are available to speak about fire safety in the home and escape plans to organizations and groups within its jurisdictional boundaries. If interested, contact the fire district’s administrative offices at 360-457-2550. You also can download safety information at www. or follow Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue on Facebook at


Trish Tisdale is a volunteer EMT with Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue in Port Angeles. She has been an EMT since 2003 and also has served as a firefighter, rescue diver and wildland firefighter. • What do we do if the smoke alarm goes off? • What are two ways out of our house? • What are two ways out of our bedroom? • What is our home escape plan? • When did we last practice our home escape plan? • In the event of a fire, where is our family meeting place? • What is our home address? • Who do we call if there is a fire?

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Summer camps galore across the Peninsula Jefferson County, 1925 Blaine St. in Port Townsend, from June 18-Aug. 31. Spring is finally here. Its arrival brings warmer and Camp registration opens April 30. longer daylight hours and the beginning of summer camp Camps are offered in week-long sessions, and feature a registrations. different theme each week. Many of the Olympic Peninsula’s most popular camps Camp offerings include a variety of sports and art are filling up fast, so don’t wait until the last school camps. Specialty camps include Comic Book Creation, bell rings to find a summer camp that children will look Animation, Outdoor Carnival and Wizarding 101. forward to attending. Half-day camp sessions are offered in the morning or Here’s a sampling of some of the camps offered in our afternoon. All-day camps also are available. region this summer: YMCA members pay $85 per half-day camp and $170 per full-day camp. JEFFERSON COUNTY Nonmembers pay $95 per half-day camp and $190 for HERON POND FARM SUMMER HORSE CAMPS a full-day camp. Camps tailored for children 8 to 12 who love horses Additional hours, known as Wrap Care, can be added will be offered June 26-28, July 24-26 and Aug. 21-23 at to camps for an additional fee. Heron Pond Farm, 152 Douglas Way in Port Townsend. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Heron Pond Farm Summer Horse Camps will feature Later in the summer, overnight youth and family overhorseback riding, horsemanship skills, crafts and friendnight camps will be offered. ship building in a safe and fun learning environment. Youth Overnight Camp at Camp Beausite, 510 The camp will be presented by qualified and reputable Beausite Lake Road in Chimacum, is a week-long sleep staff using experienced horses. away camp for ages 6-13 from Aug. 13-17. YMCA memEnrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. bers pay $225, and nonmembers pay $275. Sign up early to receive an early-bird discount. For more information or to register for the overnight For more information, email Christine Headley at camp, visit or phone 360-286-9256. For more information about summer camps, send an email to, visit YMCA OF JEFFERSON COUNTY or phone 360-385-5811. Summer day camps will be offered at the YMCA of by PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

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PORT TOWNSEND MARINE SCIENCE CENTER Port Townsend Marine Science Center, 532 Battery Way, will offer summer science camps filled with plenty of opportunities to explore area beaches, uncovering treasures in its exhibits, making crafts, playing games and taking nature walks through Fort Worden State Park. Camp options for children ages 3 to 13 are available from June to August. Camps include Seal Pups Day Camp, Junior Explorers Day Camp, Coastal Explorers Day Camp, Marine Biology Afoot & Afloat and Marine Biology Day Camp. Fees depend on which camp is selected. Camps generally fill up quickly, so people are encouraged to register soon. Port Townsend Marine Science Center members receive $10 off each registration. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. For more information about Port Townsend Marine Science Center summer camps, visit programs/learn/camps, email or phone 360-385-5582, ext 120.


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High-energy theatrical games will emphasize building confidence, spatial awareness and preparation methods, as well as teamwork, communication and collaboration. The workshop, open to youth ages 8 to 18, runs from  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Youth ages 4 to 8 will be able to sign up for a shortened version of the workshop from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., where they will join in on the fun. The camp will end with a theatrical showcase performance for invited guests. Tuition is $175 ($150 for OTA family members) for the

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OLYMPIC NATURE EXPERIENCE Olympic Nature Experience offers nature-based camps and weekly summer sessions to nurture children’s connection with nature. Children will play in the forest and splash in the ocean all while strengthening their critical thinking, curiosity and imaginations. These place-based programs invite children to create a relationship with a specific place for a day or a week. They maximize nature connection time with exploratory wanders, new skills and unifying games. Staff give children the opportunity to climb, crawl, sneak, run and get dirty while their smiles and confidence grow. Single-day, multi-day, week-long and month-long camps will be offered from June to August for children ranging in age from 3 to 12. Prices vary depending on the camp selected. Camps offered include Owl’s Hollow Early Learning Summer Sessions, Owl’s Hollow Skills Summer Sessions, Fairy and Wizard Camp, Tribe Camp and Young Warrior’s Camp. For detailed camp descriptions or to register online, visit DUNGENESS RIVER AUDUBON CENTER The Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road in Sequim, will offer its popular summer camp programs to encourage children to learn and have fun while exploring the beauty of the region. Camps include Summer Nature Camp, Girls in Science, Bike Camp, Nature Ninjas!, Builders Camp, Treasure Hunters Camp and Amazing Animals. Camps for children ages 7 to 12 will be available in July and August. Fees depend on the camp selected. All camps are led by environmental educators and naturalists who have backgrounds working with elementary- and middle-school-aged youth. For more information, visit www.dungenessrivercenter. org/summer-camps or phone 360-681-4076.

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full-day workshops and includes lunch. Shortened workshop days are $70 ($65 for OTA family members). Tuition assistance is available. For details or to register, visit wwwolympictheatrearts. org or phone 360-683-7326 Mondays through Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula will offer summer programming for area youth throughout the summer. Weekly day camp sessions will be held June 18-Aug. 24, at the Carroll C. Kendall Unit, 400 W. Fir St. in Sequim, and Port Angeles Unit, 2620 S. Francis St. Camps run from 7:45 a.m. to noon each weekday. Cost per child is $65 for the week or $15 a day. Participants must be Boys & Girls Club members, and membership dues are $30 per child through December. The overall summer camp theme is “By The Books,” which focuses on literacy-based activities with a different popular book highlighted each week. Parents can sign kids up for as many camp weeks as they want — one day, one week or for the entire summer. All participants receive a free lunch and morning and afternoon snacks as part of the camp.

For more information or to register, stop by either club, phone 360-683-8095 in Sequim or 360-417-2831 in Port Angeles, or visit 4-H CTA SEWING DAY CAMP 4-H CTA Sewing Day Camp Clallam County 4-H and WSU clothing textile advisers will offer 4-H CTA Sewing Day Camp for youth ages 8 to 18. The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon from July 24-27 at Viking Sewing, 707 E. First St. in Port Angeles. The camp will provide various opportunities for youth at various skill levels from beginning to independent. At the camp, beginning campers will learn to navigate their sewing machine and use basic sewing tools. Campers will have the opportunity to work on projects such as patch pillows, tote bags and purses. Second-year campers will make three to four projects, including a purse and bedside organizer. Independent campers will have a choice of project with approval from the teacher. Clallam County 4-H youth development programs teach life skills through hands-on project experiences. Cost is $45 per youth. Registration deadline is June 1. Space is limited. Loaner sewing machines are available upon request. To register, contact Cassidy Abbott, WSU administrative assistant, at 360-565-2678 or send an email to OLYMPIC PENINSULA ROWING ASSOCIATION Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association will offer Summer 2018 Recreational Rowing Summer Camps. The camps will be offered to incoming sixth through 12th graders wanting to learn how to row or improve their existing knowledge and skills in this sport. Camps are one week long, with options to participate in an all-day session. Organizers recommend campers sign up for more than one week to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of rowing. Experienced coaching staff and seasoned athlete volunteers make the camp experience like none other. Campers will learn about the sport through hands-on experience in eight and four-person rowing shells. Participants will learn rowing safety, boat handling, terminology and beginner through advanced rowing techniques, all while enjoying Port Angeles Harbor. Each camp will start at the association’s boathouse, 1431 Ediz Hook Road in Port Angeles. Camps will be held Mondays through Fridays from  10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 9-Aug.4.  Campers may register for one week or more. The fee per attendee is $100 for one week, or $300 for all four weeks. Enrollment includes a camp T-shirt. For more information or to enroll online, visit www., contact Coach Debby Swinford at 360-460-7396 or send an email to FEIRO MARINE LIFE CENTER Port Angeles’ Feiro Marine Life Center and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary are teaming up once again to encourage youths to investigate, explore and get inspired by what can be found in the ocean during Junior Oceanographer, Underwater Robotics and Junior Aquarist summer camps. >> SUMMER CAMPS continued on Page 15


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Junior Oceanographer camp sessions offered include: • Oh, The Places We’ll Go! for children ages 5 and 6, is scheduled for June 25-28. Campers will explore the rocky intertidal, deep sea, open ocean and kelp forest through hands-on learning activities, games and art. • Make No Bones about it for children ages 7 to 9 will be held July 9-12. Participants will learn about invertebrates and explore the adaptations of sea stars, snails, nudibranchs, mussels, octopuses and crabs. • The Circle of Life for youth ages 10 to 12 is set for July 16-19. Children will learn how humans impact the life cycles of ocean-going creatures, such as salmon, plankton, birds and whales, from birth to adulthood. • Older youth, ages 10 to 12, can sign up for the Underwater Robotics camp offered July 23-26. Working in teams, campers will design remotely operated vehicles to explore the basics of manipulators, buoyancy, three-dimensional navigation and propulsion. • The Junior Aquarist summer camp, held Aug. 13-16, is for children ages 13 to 15. Campers will participate in a low-tide collecting trip, participate in animal research and learn animal health and husbandry practices. The camp will culminate with an evening behind-the-scenes animal care experience. Early-bird rates are available for those who sign up before May 15. The cost for the Junior Oceanographer and Underwater Robotics camps are $130 for Feiro members or $150 for nonmembers. The Junior Aquarist camp fee is $150 for members and

$170 for nonmembers. Beginning May 16, prices for Junior Oceanographer and Underwater Robotics camps rise to $150 for Feiro members or $175 full price. The Junior Aquarist fee raises from $170 for members to $195 for nonmembers. A limited number of scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, phone Feiro Marine Life Center at 360-417-6254 or visit youth-programs. JUAN DE FUCA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Art and The Myth of Pandora’s Box — is a week-long exploration of storytelling, art and dance built loosely around the myth of Pandora and her “magical box.”  Children, ages 7 to 12, will have the opportunity to use their creativity, imagination and self-expression to create a modern day version of a centuries old myth. Campers will explore childhood emotions and foibles to tell stories with dance, movement, masks and puppetry. The camp will be held July 30-Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School, 218 E. 12th St. in Port Angeles. Camp fees are $100 for Juan de Fuca Foundation of the Arts members and $120 for others. Optional camp T-shirts can be purchased for $9. For more information about the camp, visit www.jffa. org/juan-de-fuca-discovery-arts-camp, or contact Carol Pope at 360-457-5411 or  Financial assistance is available for those in need. A “Financial Assistance Form” is located online at www. under the “Participate” tab.

YMCA OF PORT ANGELES Summer Day Camps at the YMCA of Port Angeles, 302 Francis St. in Port Angeles, will offer morning and afternoon camps each week from June 25-July 27. Camp registration opens April 30. Campers can register for one or more weeks and have the option of morning or afternoon classes or both. Unless specified, camps are for children ages 5 to 12. A wide variety of camps are available, including options for youth interested in sports, dancing, cooking, art and hiking. A Junior Camp Counselor program is available by application for ages 13 to 16 YMCA members pay $75 per week for one class per week or $150 for two classes per week. Community members pay $95 per week for one class or $190 for two classes per week. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. For information about summer camp programs, email, visit or phone 360-452-9244. Later in the summer, overnight youth and family overnight camps will be offered. Family Overnight Camp at Camp David, 1452 Camp David Jr. Road in Port Angeles, is a five-day sleep away camp for the entire family June 29-July 3. YMCA adult members pay $125, and YMCA youth members pay $100. Nonmember adults pay $150, and nonmember youths pay $115. For more information about overnight camp or to register, visit

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