Past Finders summer camp offered: The Past Finders summer program at the Buttonwoods Museum, now in its 23nd season, begins July 9. Sessions run from Tuesday through Friday. Children may sign up for one or both sessions. Morning drop-off begins at 9 a.m. and pick up is at 4 p.m. The program is for children in grades one to seven and is designed to teach children about history through hands-on activities, creative arts projects and field trips. To register or for more information, please visit http://haverhillhistory.org. You can also call 978-374-4626 or email email@example.com. Session 1, Revolutionary Revel, is July 9 to 12 and focuses on the American Revolution through crafts, food and field trips. Cost is $160. Session 2, Digging into Archaeology, is Aug. 6 to 9. It features a mock dig. Kids will try cross-mending, dating and researching objects to reconstruct the lives of the original owners. Visits to an archaeological site or museum are included. Cost is $160. More information is available from Kaleigh Pare at firstname.lastname@example.org or (978)-374-4626.
Canoe/kayak orienteering adventure race planned: The Lake Gardner Improvement Association will hold its first Lake Gardner Canoe-O Canoe, Kayak and SUP Orienteering Adventure Race on July 20 at the Lake Gardner public beach off of High Street in Amesbury. For those not familiar with canoe orienteering, it is similar to a scavenger hunt with a canoe, kayak or SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board). The only equipment you will need is your boat, paddles and floatation devices. There will be a canoe orienteering clinic at 9 a.m. and registration is from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. Orienteering starting times are from 10 a.m. to noon. This event will feature two courses and all paddlers from novice to advanced are welcome. There will also be a fun, short course for those who have never experienced orienteering and a longer course for the more experienced. Registration fee is $15 for adults, $10 for current NECKRA members and $5 for youths under 17. This is an easy flat water paddle through scenic Lake Gardner and the Powow River. Ample parking is available. All proceeds will be used for stewardship of the lake and surrounding trails. For more information, visit www.lgia.org, email race director Shaun Burke at email@example.com or call Bernadette Lucas at 978-388-1592.