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What is Camp Conservation

  • Camp Conservation is a component of UESEP (Urban Environmental Science Education Program).
  • Camp Conservation is an “on-site” field trip alternative for underserved youth that otherwise would not have the opportunity to experience first-hand environmental science education.
  • Extension professionals set up camp on your designated site (school yard, outdoor classroom, youth organizations, etc.)
  • Cost: a nominal fee may be charged per participant. (Fee depends on the event type, size, and time. Please contact your local Urban Extension office for fee information.)
  • The camp is offered Spring/Summer/Fall (Tues-Sat) and can be 4-6 hours long.*

*Lunch is not provided

Who Can Participate?

  • Camp Conservation is designed for youth entering the 3rd-5th grade.
  • We can manage 90-150 participants by dividing youth into groups of 15-25 to rotate through each session.
  • Each participant must have a signed Parental Consent/Release Form to participate.
  • Camp Conservation is also available as professional development for educators and youth leaders.

Camp Conservation Goal

  • Encourage children, through its relevant demonstrations and hands-on activities, to become environmental stewards of Alabama’s abundant natural resources and thereby sustain its unique biodiversity.

Curriculum

  • “Traveling” through six 30-minute STEM-related “field stations”, children will experience a closer look at the “wild-side” of Alabama. (More field station information below.)
  • Participants will explore environmental science topics and learn first hand about local “urban wildlife habitats” through a variety of interactive activities, games, and unique take-home projects.*
  • Camp Conservation content is age appropriate and supplements many of the Alabama State Department of Education’s science content standards.
  • Camp Conservation gets the AAA rating for science Awareness, Adaptability, and Activities.
  • To measure its success, Camp Conservation uses an assessment tool that identifies each child’s increased ability to PERFORM: Problem Solve, Evaluate, Reason, Focus, Observe, Research a  Problem and Measure.

*For educators, supplemental materials are provided to make the easy transition into the classroom setting

Field Stations:

  1. Aquatic Invertebrates – Bio-Indicators of Water Quality. Water Monitoring and Bio-Assessment
  2. Oceans, River, and Streams – Journey of Water. Enviroscape and Water Journey Bracelets
  3. Tracking Ventures – In Search of “Wildlife.” GPS-Geocache
  4. Natural Resources – Alabama’s Flora and Fauna. Skins & Skulls, and Longleaf Forest
  5. Obstacles to a Cleaner Environment – Recycling relay
  6. Creation Station – Animal Tracks magnets and Birdseed Popscicles

 

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