Published in The Coast Star on May 29, 2003
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By Fred Carl

    Camp Evans is not just history.
Volunteers and groups are working to give Camp Evans a new future.
Recently, the Monmouth County Master Gardeners toured the site to help plan the restoration of the 1914 landscaping.
An advisory committee of the Monmouth County Master Gardeners, led by Sandra McLaughlin of Avon, has begun a landscape renewal plan for the historic district with the help of county agricultural agent and horticulture expert Richard Obal.
Mr. Obal and the committee walked the old Marconi Wireless Station grounds for hours to document the existing plants and trees.  This plan will help volunteers make the best improvements in renewing the site for future visitor enjoyment.
Members of the Master Gardeners Camp Evans Committee are: Jim Farmer of Belmar, Betty Matava of Belmar, Cliff and Barbara Bandstra, and Sheila Eppenger of Brielle, who is the President of the NJ State Master Gardener Advisory Board.
Infoage Assistant Director Bob Judge, of Neptune and Amanda Carl, an intern at the Rutgers University Gardens, hosted the Master Gardeners visit. In addition, four students were recommended as finalists in the Red Rover Goes to Mars Student Astronaut Contest.
Dr. Constella Zimmerman of Fort Monmouth and the Fort’s liaison for Camp Evans has reviewed applications from students, hoping to win a chance to participate in the 2004 NASA Mars mission.
The mission is scheduled for a July 4 launch.
The winning students will be selected from the finalists recommended by Science Centers all over the world. The winners will operate the remote controls of the Mars robot from Pasadena, Calif.
The four students recommended to Pasadena for consideration finalists are: Abigail Fraeman of Olney, Md.; Sarah Allen of Millerville, Md.; Katie Broyles of Waterford, Mich. and Thomas Russell Jr. of Collinsville, Ill.
More information on the program is available at http://planetary.org/rrgtm.
The Red Rover Goes to Mars is an example of one of the many educational programs which will be hosted at Camp Evans in the future.
To help with the future of Camp Evans visit http://www.infoage.org Camp Evans is in our town, it is our history and Camp Evans can help our kids.

    [Fred Carl is the director of the InfoAge Science-History Center at Camp Evans.]

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