The Aspetuck Land Trust held their first Eco-Camp this summer.

The nonprofit membership organization’s mission is the preservation and conservation of open space, including farm and forest land, and the natural resources located thereon, primarily in the towns of Easton, Weston, Fairfield and Westport, for the benefit and education of the public.

Middle school students learned from experts in the area of ecology and conservation.

The goal of the camp was to inspire the students to become scientists, like Caryl and Edna Haskins who donated their 22-acre estate in the middle of Westport to Aspetuck Land Trust.

A number of Fairfield natives made the dean’s list at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y.

Students who receive a term grade-point average of 3.3 or higher while completing at least three courses for a conventional letter grade earn the spring dean’s award for academic excellence.

Fairfield Warde High School graduates Marissa Roberge, Emily Christenson and Emily Pullen earned the dean’s award for academic excellence, as did Ingrid Backe, a graduate of Greens Farms Academy, George Crawford, a graduate of Westminster School, and Isabel Kreitler, a graduate of Middlesex School.

Students who receive a term GPA of 3.6 or higher while completing at least three course credits during the spring semester earn the dean’s award with distinction.

Fairfield’s Clark Perkins, a graduate of Phillips Academy, and Trey Spadone, a graduate of Brien McMahon High School, earned the spring dean’s award with distinction.

Fairfield Ludlowe High School graduates who earned Colgate University’s dean’s award with distinction were Elizabeth McNamara, Sara Klik and Marie Benton.

Fairfield University’s Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies is launching a new master’s concentration in informatics nursing, and is accepting applications for the fall semester.

This cross-disciplinary graduate program offers students the opportunity to learn cutting-edge skills while partnering with experts in informatics, analytics and computer engineering at Fairfield’s Dolan School of Business and School of Engineering

The concentration, which targets nurses with diverse career specialties, professional goals and personal interests, will provide nurses with the ability to apply informatics theory through clinical practicum experiences in a variety of health care settings.

Graduates of this program meet all the qualifications to register for the national Informatics Nursing Certification Exam.

The new program requires a total of 39 credits, including 12 courses and a clinical informatics practicum. The rigorous curriculum includes courses in nursing leadership, information and database systems, and is currently the only program in the state to offer “hands-on” learning experiences in the field for Informatics students.

For detailed program and admission information, visit fairfield.edu/informatics or attend Fairfield’s next graduate information session at the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center on campus Sept. 23 from 8:30-11 a.m. RSVP to this event at fairfield.edu/grad.

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.

To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.

As a special thank you, those who give blood or platelets through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Darien

Aug. 31: 1 to 6:30 p.m., Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Easton

Aug. 28: 1 to 6 p.m., Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road

Fairfield

Aug. 30: 1 to 6:15 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church, 300 N. Benson Road

Aug. 30: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road

Aug. 31: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ludlowe Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 118 Jefferson St.

Stamford

Aug. 19: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Aug. 26: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., St Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.

Stratford

Aug. 25: 1:45 to 7 p.m., Baldwin Senior Center, 1000 W. Broad St.

Trumbull

Aug. 19: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Spring Meadows, 6949 Main St.

Aug. 23: 1 to 6 p.m., Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 498 White Plains Road

Aug. 24: 1 to 6 p.m., Maefair Health Care Center, 21 Maefair Court

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

Do you drive on the Merritt Parkway late at night or early in the morning between Fairfield and Westport? Then be prepared for some delays because of a $56.7 million project that won’t be finished until August 2019.

The project will focus on a five-mile stretch of the parkway between the Congress Street bridge in Fairfield to the Newtown Turnpike overpass in Westport.

The project will include new pavement in both the northbound lanes and work on 11 structures related to the historic bridges, built nearly 80 years ago.

There’s also upgrades planned for guiderails, drainage and restoration of the historic bridges. With all this work, lane closures are needed.

Northbound lane closures are planned from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Saturday to Wednesday and from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.

Southbound lane closures are from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday; from 8 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday.