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For Immediate Release:
June 10, 2011

Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade Parks Launches Online Registration Option for its Summer Camps

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Online registration is now available for the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department's summer camps.  For the first time ever, parents can sign their child up for one of its exciting "Fit to Play, Green It Up" Summer Camps offered at more than 40 parks around the county, from the convenience of their own home with the new online registration system at Miami-Dade Parks

Miami-Dade Parks' summer camps take place June 13-August 19 and will be open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They also offer early drop-offs at 7:30 a.m. and late pick-ups until 6:00 p.m. General Camps are affordable with special discounts and scholarships available to those to who qualify. 

General Camps will not only thrill and challenge your child, but are fully-supervised, offering parents peace of mind, while their child enjoys a full recreational schedule of fitness, sports, arts and crafts, nature encounters, games, and field trips.

Miami-Dade Parks has been running Summer Camp programs since 1957. Together with the University of Miami Health System (UHealth) and the UM Miller School of Medicine, our partner-sponsor of the Fit-to-Play, Green-it-Up general program camp, children will learn the fundamentals of living a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and fitness-exercise education and activities, as well as safety and preventative education. In addition, children will learn about the health benefits of going green as they discover that a healthy planet is essential for a healthy life by learning the basics of recycling, water conservation, and other eco-friendly behaviors that are beneficial for the planet. 

There are also Specialized Camps which focus on a specific interest and offer unique experiences that include EcoAdventuresTM, Nature-Science, Sports, Cultural Arts and Zoo Miami camps.  Miami-Dade Parks also offers inclusion programs and specialized camps for those with disabilities, managed by certified therapeutic recreation specialists. Also offered are Learn-to-Swim programs at most of its parks with pools, taught by American Red Cross-certified water-safety instructors.

General and specialty camps also feature exciting field trips to sites such as Zoo Miami, Crandon Park Visitors and Nature Center, Deering Estate at Cutler, Pelican Island, and Joseph Caleb Auditorium for theatre and film programs.  Campers will also enjoy an end-of-summer bash with games, contests and lunch, scheduled for July 26-29 at the Tropical Park Equestrian Center. Most of our camps have rolling registration, so parents can enroll their child for one week or for several weeks at any time throughout the summer, but they must register at least one week prior to the desired start date, in some cases. Prices for summer camps vary. Those with disabilities are welcome in all programs and should call the program of interest or 305-365-6706 for inclusion information. To register for a Summer Camp, parents can go online or visit their chosen park. A full listing of summer camps follows below. For more information, patrons are encouraged to visit the Miami-Dade Parks website, call their local park, or call 311. 

About the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR)
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the National Gold Medal Award, 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award winner for excellence in management and operations, MDPR is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about MDPR the public can call 3-1-1 or visit Miami Dade Parks


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