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

Cost: $175/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 ($175/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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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: 20 max


Week 1: June 6 – 10 (Rising 4th-6th Grades)
Week 2: June 13 - 17 (Rising 1st-3rd Grades)
Week 3: June 20 - 24 (Rising 1st-3rd Grades)
Week 4: June 27 - July 1 (Rising 1st-4th Grades)
Week 5: July 11 - 15 (Rising 1st - 3rd Grades)
Week 6: July 18 - 22 (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)

Registration for a camp or program is a two-part process – the online registration form and additional documentation. Both parts must be submitted to our office before a student is confirmed for enrollment in the program.

Please only register one student at a time

Register Online

  • Step 1: Use the link above to go to the online registration portal.
  • Step 2: Select the appropriate options and click “Add Event to Cart.”
  • Step 3: Review your Cart Information and click “Checkout.”
  • Enter your email address and click “Continue Unregistered.”
  • Select the appropriate payment method and follow the prompts to complete the payment transaction. If you have a discount/scholarship code, you can enter it on the right side of the page and click “Apply.”
  • Step 4: Enter the Student’s Information, Parent/Guardian, Emergency Contact, and additional information. Click “Submit.” You will receive an emailed receipt and confirmation of registration. Please retain a copy of this receipt for your reference and tax purposes.

Submit Medical Form
The Office of Pre-College Programs requires all participating students to have medical paperwork and emergency contact information on file if a student is registered for an in-person program. This information is used in the event an accident or emergency occurs involving a student participant.

  • Step 1: Complete our Medical Form.
  • Step 2: The following documentation must also be sent to the Office of Pre-College Programs: Outreach and Continuing Education, Office of Pre-College Programs, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848.
  • Copy of Insurance Card (front and back sides) or Waiver of Insurance Form (included in Medical Form)
  • Copy of a Parent/Guardian’s Driver's License (front and back sides)

For security of the student and parent’s information, our office does not recommend emailing or faxing medical documents.

Submit COVID Compliance Form
In accordance with University of Mississippi guidelines and policy regarding COVID-19 health and safety for on-campus summer programs, all residential, commuter, or day camp students are required to have a custodial parent/legal guardian review and complete the online COVID-19 Compliance, Liability Waiver, and Assumption of the Risk Addendum Form with the appropriate student and parent information.

Submit Agreement
The Office of Pre-College Programs has set guidelines and rules in place for the safety of the students participating in our camps and programs. Please review and complete the online Agreement Form with the appropriate student and parent information.

Cancellations and Refunds
Registrations may be cancelled up to two weeks prior to the selected session to receive an 80% refund. Refunds are not available if cancellation occurs less than two weeks prior to the selected session. Full refunds will be issued if the camp is cancelled due to low enrollment.

We know you share our concern for the safety of our children and staff. Please review the following protocols to make sure you understand how we will be caring for everyone this summer. These may be revised as the university updates health guidelines in our changing conditions. Current UM mask guidance can be found on the university’s COVID-19 Information page.

Pick-up and Drop-off

  • Families are asked to prescreen their children for COVID-19 symptoms prior to arrival. Our staff will conduct a symptom check at drop-off daily. Any child with symptoms will be sent home.

During the Day

  • Masks are not required in instructional spaces, though participants may wear them if they choose.
  • Masks will be required in the event that participants are transported on public transportation.
  • Children and staff will practice good hygiene including regular handwashing before and after meals.

In the Case of Illness

  • A child with symptoms that manifest during camp will be isolated with supervision. We expect family to pick up their child as soon as possible.
  • In the event that a child tests positive for COVID-19, program staff should be notified immediately.
  • If a camp experiences an outbreak, the program will close for the week. Rooms will be sanitized. “Take home” bags of supplies for activities that would have been done at camp will be made available for pick up.
  • Camps will follow university, MS Department of Health, and American Camp Association guidelines in determining when it is appropriate to shut down.
  • Refunds will be made for camps that shut down early. These refunds will be prorated for days missed and adjusted for scholarship amounts.

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: