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Registration Open for ParKids and Teen Week at Carlsbad Caverns

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Date: April 11, 2014

Registration Open for ParKids and Teen Week at Carlsbad Caverns

 CARLSBAD, New Mexico – Two popular summer youth programs at Carlsbad Caverns National Park are now accepting application; the ParKids one-week day camps for each of the first three weeks in June and Teen Adventure Week at the end of the month.

ParKids Camps, now in their 16th year, uses hands-on activities (such as making rain sticks, dream catchers and creating fossils out of plaster), field trips, and presentations as fun ways to learn about national parks and natural resources in the Carlsbad area. This summer's three, week-long camps are by age group. ParKids Camp 1, June 2-6, for children entering the second and third grades in the next school year. ParKids Camp 2, June 9-13, for incoming fourth and fifth graders. ParKids Camp 3, June 16-20, for sixth and seventh graders. Children who participate should be in good physical condition, self-disciplined and have positive attitudes.

The last week of June is reserved for Teen Adventure Week, June 23-27, which offers teens going into the eighth, ninth and 10th grades an adventurous and educational week filled with hiking, camping and off trail caving. In addition, they will develop their skills in the seven principles of Leave No Trace outdoor ethics and receive a certification upon completion.  

""We are looking forward to another fun summer with the kids. We have some great ideas for the camps this year and have assembled a great staff that will be helping facilitate them," said park Education Ranger, Sam Durbin.

Registration fee for each of the camps is $50. Please register in person at the Carlsbad Caverns National Park administrative office at 3225 National Parks Highway. (Email and faxed registrations are not accepted.) Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 14. Transportation for Teen Adventure Week participants is provided between the park administrative office and each day's activity site. ParkKids drop off/pick up is at Plaza De San Jose. For further information, contact Durbin at (575) 785-3134.

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Did You Know?

Jim White in Carlsbad Cavern.

Jim White is the cowboy credited with being the premier explorer of Carlsbad Cavern. He began to explore the cave as a teenager in 1898, using a handmade wire ladder to descend 60 feet into the cave. For more than a decade, he couldn't convince many locals that there was much to Carlsbad Cavern.