UM Summer Camps to Help K-12 Students Explore Conservation and Ecology
Posted on March 8, 2017 by Pam Starling
Photo: Middle and high school students are invited to learn more about environmental conservation and local ecology during UM Pre-College Summer Programs taking place at the UM Field Station during Summer 2017. The Ecology Day Camps run weekly from June 5- July 14, and the Environmental Conservation Leadership Program is scheduled for June 4-9.
OXFORD, Miss. — Students in sixth-12th grades can participate in two special camps this summer that focus on environmental conservation and exploration offered by the University of Mississippi Field Station and the UM Office of Pre-College Programs.
Rising 11th through 12th grade students have the opportunity to explore environmental challenges facing Mississippi and the world as part of the Environmental Conservation Leadership Program scheduled for June 4-9.
UM Field Station Director Scott Knight says that he hopes this program can help students connect more with nature and gain a better understanding of how our intertwined ecosystem.
“The camp provides a hands-on learning experience that teaches students more about how the planet works, how it heals, how it sustains all life and how we can live in balance with it,” Knight said. “If nothing else, I hope the participants will learn that their food doesn’t come from a grocery store but a viable, living ecosystem.”
Participants will work with UM professors conducting research on issues associated with conservation, pollution control, water quality, ecosystem services, and environmental stewardship.
The cost for residential students who would like to stay on campus during the camp is $500. The cost for commuter students is $350. There are varying scholarships funds available for participants including Toyota Wellspring full funding for students who attend a public high school in Lee, Pontotoc, or Union counties.
Younger campers can explore aspects of biology and environmental science during the 2017 Ecology Day Camps also held at the UM Field Station. Students will participate in activities to identify species, learn about water quality, build bird nests, catch dragonflies and much more.
“I believe that one reason Ecology Day Camp is so popular is because of our great teachers and counselors,” Knight said. “And while they are teaching great lessons our leaders never forget that it is summer and summer is a time for fun.”
Rising second through fourth graders can attend either June 5-9 or June 12-16. Rising fifth and sixth grade students will be attending June 19-23 and June 26-30. There will be a special camp for older students in rising seventh and eighth grades held July 10-14.
The camp runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day and the cost is $175. Scholarship funds are available for children of UM faculty and staff.
UM faculty member Melissa Dennis enrolled her son in Ecology Day Camp last summer for the first time.
“My son really enjoyed being outside and participating in activities with friends at the camp,” Dennis said. “I think one of his favorite activities was the parent/student cookout. I know I enjoyed it.”
For more information on these and other UM academic summer camp opportunities, please visit www.outreach.olemiss.edu/pre_college.