Summer fun

Registration for Ashland Parks and Recreation summer programs began Monday for online registration and will open up Monday, May 19, for general registration.

Watch for your summer recreation guide in the mail. The current guide includes programs for May through September 2008 and is full of activities for all ages and abilities, from sports and fitness to foreign language and nature classes.

For more information visit or register for a summer program online at . For assistance, or to request a recreation guide, call 488-5340, or stop by the parks office in Lithia Park, 340 S. Pioneer St. in Ashland.

Following are the youth camps offered this summer by Ashland Parks and Recreation.

Exploring Nature Youth Day Camp

Catch insects, feed birds, pot up plants, wade in streams and track animals during a week of playing outside. Go on field trips to Mt. Ashland, Hyatt Lake and Grizzly Peak. Campers will also learn survival skills, create nature crafts and immerse themselves in the natural world. Bring a lunch. Snacks will be provided. This camp will take place at North Mountain Park, 620 N Mountain Avenue in Ashland. However, to register, call the Siskiyou Field Institute at 597-8530 or visit .

Ages: Entering second through sixth grade

Days: Monday through Friday

Dates: June 23 to 27

Cost: $130

Youth Nature Writer's Camp

The Oregon Writing Project presents "Birds of a Feather." Take flight and write at the Youth Writer's Camp 2008 at North Mountain Park. Join us to take a bird's-eye view of life as we observe it. Young writers will flock to create a nature journal, fledge with word play, stretch their imaginations, preen their editing skills and wing it as poets, storytellers and scientists. Pack your own snack to eat with the birds. Instructors are Debi Blair and Max Schmelling. This camp will take place at North Mountain Park, 620 N Mountain Avenue in Ashland. However, for registration or additional information, contact Cyndee Wallace at 552-6164 or Note: Registration deadline is June 30.

Ages: Entering fourth through eighth grades

Days: Monday through Friday

Dates: July 7 to 11

Time: 9 a.m. to noon

Cost: $50

Swim Team Camp

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a part of a competitive swim team? Now is your chance to get your feet wet and find out. This swim team camp is designed to introduce you to the sport of swimming, while improving your stroke technique and endurance. Have a blast in the pool while participating in group games and learning skills important for teamwork. Come experience what it is like to be a part of a team! This camp is designed for kids ages 8 to 16 who have completed the American Red Cross""swim level four or equivalent. Participants must be able to swim the full length of the pool with ease.

Ages: 8 to 16

Days: Monday through Friday

Dates/times: Session 1: July 7-11, 4 to 6 p.m. Session 2: July 28 to Aug. 1, 9 to 11 a.m.

Cost: $45 (includes free admission to the All-Comer's Swim Meet on July 12 or Aug. 2)

Wet Wild Water Polo Camp

Come and learn the basics of the game of water polo. Cool off while having a hot time playing and practicing the skills needed to play water polo. All levels are encouraged to sign up. The Ashland High School water polo team will instruct.

Ages: 10 to 14

Days: Monday through Friday

Dates: July 28 to Aug. 1

Times: 4 to 6 p.m.

Place: Daniel Mayer Pool

Cost: $40 (five lessons)

Tennis Classes

Ashland Parks and Recreation is teaming up with Ashland Tennis and Fitness to bring group youth tennis lessons back. Tennis lessons are held five days a week and run for two-week sessions.

Ages: 12 to 15 years and 8 to 11 years

Times: 8:10 to 8:50 a.m. and 9 to 9:40 a.m.

Days: Monday through Friday

Dates: Session 1: June 23 to July — (No lesson on July 4. Participants will receive two swim passes instead of lessons that day.) Session 2 &

July 14-25, Session — &

Aug. 4-15

Place: Hunter Park Tennis Courts

Cost: $30 (10 lessons)

Moonlight Overnight

Explore the wet and wild places of North Mountain Park's natural area and search for critters in the creeks, ponds and nest boxes. Play cooperative games, create nature crafts and enjoy a puppet show and campfire songs. Then take a night hike before camping out under a full moon. Call: 488-6606.

Ages: 8 to 11

Days: Tuesday and Wednesday

Dates: June 17-18

Time: 9 a.m. on June 17 to noon on June 18

Cost: $50

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