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Jan. 5, 2007



The Oswego County Nature Park at Camp Zerbe offers a rustic setting for group meetings and family gatherings throughout the year. Youth groups may use the facility, near Williamstown, for free if they complete a service project at an Oswego County park.


County Legislature Waives Fee for Youth Groups at Camp Zerbe

Organized youth groups no longer need to pay a fee for using the Oswego County Nature Park at Camp Zerbe if they are involved in a community service project at a county park.

The 364-acre nature park is located off state Route 104 in Williamstown, near Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area.

"The Oswego County Legislature agreed to waive the fee for youth groups that use Camp Zerbe if they do a community service project at a county park," said Kathleen Fenlon, director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. "The project may be as simple as cleaning a trail -- trail maintenance is an ongoing need -- and young people will feel more connected to this beautiful park by helping to maintain it."

The facility includes a meeting room, open air pavilion, a nature center with educational displays and restrooms. A self-guided interpretive trail leads to a small, scenic lake. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk and may be used for overnight tent camping by organized groups.

"Camp Zerbe gives young people a chance to explore and learn through our natural resources. I appreciate the foresight the Oswego County Legislature has shown by waiving the fee for youth groups at Camp Zerbe. The opportunity to perform some related community service in lieu of a registration fee will serve to better connect youth with their natural surroundings."

For information or group reservations, contact the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Division of Parks and Recreation, at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451, , or visit http://oswegocounty.com/youth/CZerbe/Zerbe.html

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