Conservation Camps Encourage Kids to Explore Nature

LAKE BUENA VISTA, March 09, 2012 — Inspiring kids and families to connect with nature, Disney is sponsoring approximately 120 Central Florida children to attend a special Spring Conservation Day Camp at Walt Disney World Resort.

During their week-long school vacations, students will be introduced to animals from five different continents, learn more about their unique behaviors and exotic habitats and make new friends in a fun and interactive environment.

Highlights include daily animal encounters, field trips to Tri-Circle D Ranch, The Seas with Nemo & Friends and  fun at Disney’s Animal Kingdom where participants may experience Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris, TriceraTop Spin and Expedition Everest.

“With a philanthropic focus on children and conservation, we believe this kind of exposure  could spark a life-long passion or even career aspiration for conservation,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of community relations for Walt Disney World Resort. “Through this experience, we hope these day campers will feel empowered to become champions for wildlife and nature and affect change to make the world a better place for all of us.”

The students have been selected from two of the area’s largest neighborhood centers including Engelwood Neighborhood Center in Orlando and Oak Street Park Community Center in Kissimmee. 

 ”The Disney Spring Conservation camp is a wonderful gift that offers our youth an opportunity to do something very different during their school vacations,” said Taryn Rukovitz, regional center manager for Engelwood Neighborhood Center. “By going behind the scenes to learn more about animals and conservation, we hope these students will connect with wildlife and nature in a unique and long-lasting way.”