Ecology Day Camp

A Hands-On Experience at the Field Station

Sponsored in part by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

Grades: Rising 1st - 6th graders
Dates: Six week-long sessions running June 3-July 19, 2024.
Cost: $195/week

University of Mississippi Employees (full-time) may choose ONE of the following employee benefit options: Save $25 per week now by paying the full cost upfront with a card. –OR–
Choose Payroll Deduction – Full price ($195/week) of day camp taken out over six (6) pay periods starting with the first payroll of July. Available until June 15th.

Location: UM Field Station

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Step 1: Pay + Secure Spot Step 2: Create Account

Explore the great outdoors in a whole new way and learn what you can do to protect our wild places. The UM Field Station offers classroom and lab settings indoors as well as the benefits of an active field research site. Campers will study birds, bugs, amphibians, reptiles, and aquatic creatures with the guidance of certified educators and conservation professionals. Activities vary with weekly themes but may include collecting and identifying plants and animals, spotting evidence of animal activities in the field station woods, comparing habitats, water sampling, using microscopes or scientific instrumentation, and creating art with natural materials. Daily snacks will be provided.

The Field Station is located at 15 Co Rd 202, Abbeville, MS 38601, just 20 minutes from downtown Oxford.

Sponsor Department: UM Biology Field Station and Office of Pre-College Programs

Camp Type: Day Camp

Seats Available: 18 max


Week 1 - June 3 - 7: All About Reptiles (Rising 4th-6th Grades) 
Week 2 - June 10 - 14: All About Arachnids (Rising 1st-3rd Grades) 
Week 3 - June 17 - 21: Water World (Rising 1st-3rd Grades) 
Week 4 - June 24 - 28: Leaves, Trees, & Rocks (Rising 1st-4th Grades) 
Week 5 - July 8 - 12: Recycling (Rising 1st - 3rd Grades) 
Week 6 - July 15 - 19: All About Fish (Rising 4th-6th Grades) 

Daily Schedule:

Time Event
7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Morning Drop Off (UM Field Station, 15 County Road 2078, Abbeville)
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Ecology Day Camp Activities
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Afternoon Pick Up (UM Field Station, 15 County Road 2078, Abbeville)

Regular Registration Deadline:

  • June Weeks: May 1st
  • July Weeks: June 1st

Late Registration Deadline:

An additional $15 late registration fee will be charged per week registered.

  • June Weeks: May 20th
  • July Weeks: June 20th

Registration Instructions

Program registration is a 3-step process that should be completed in order:

  • Step 1: Pay and secure your spot.
  • Step 2: Create an account. 
  • Step 3: Complete registration and checklist items.

Please only complete one (1) student registration per transaction. If registering multiple students, complete one student's registration, then start the process over for the next student. This system does not allow entry of multiple students' information within the same registration.

Step 1. Pay and secure your spot

Pay using the payment portal linked above to secure your student's spot.

Step 2: Create an account

Please use a personal email account, not a school affiliated email address, as most servers block external emails.

Within 3 business days, you will receive an email from with steps to create your Admissions Portal through our Blackbaud MySchoolApp system.

Create account

Step 3. Complete your registration and checklist items before the deadline.

Once in the Admissions Portal, you will instantly see your program’s registration checklist that our admissions team has assigned you. Please complete the registration checklist before the program deadline and within 14 days of creating an account.

Registration includes standard questions (e.g., contact information, academic history, etc.) as well as instructions for submitting rules and guidelines agreements and medical information and forms.

Before the program begins:

Prior to the start of summer, you will receive a detailed pre-summer logistics email along with a pre-arrival checklist shown on your MySchoolApp account.

Incomplete or Late Registrations

After you have paid and secured a seat in the program, make sure to finish the remaining steps within two (2) weeks. If your registration is incomplete or an application is inactive for three (3) weeks, a $20 late fee will incur, unless an extension is requested.

Refund Policy

You must cancel your registration at least two weeks before the chosen session to receive an 80% refund. Refunds are not available to cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the chosen session. Full refunds will be issued if the camp is cancelled due to low enrollment.

For additional information, please contact:

  • Address: Outreach and Continuing Education, Office of Pre-College Programs, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848
  • Phone: (662) 915-7621
  • Fax: (662) 915-1535
  • Email: