Ecology Camp: The Wild Wonders of Your Own Backyard

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When is it?

08 July 2019 to 12 July 2019

Who can attend?

Students entering grades 6-8.

What's covered?Ecology 2017

Ecologists-in-training will spend a week traveling to ecologically important locations in Centre County, exploring unique water resources and ecosystems, and learning about the flora and fauna of our region. Daily, hands-on “Creature Features” will give campers the opportunity to learn to identify fish, amphibians, and reptiles.  Campers will also use kick seines and hand nets in streams and ponds to sample, identify, and access invertebrate life as bio-indicators of water quality. During the week, campers will paddle a canoe in our watershed, hike in ecologically significant areas, tour a fish hatchery, identify important trees, learn about acid mine damage to streams, build water filters, and gain awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the wild wonders of Centre County. Please note: Our camp is instructed in local and sometimes remote outdoor environments, including mountain tops, rocky trails, swamps, streams, and lake shore locations.  Our activities will include several hikes of 2-3 miles, wading in swamps and streams, and participating in a guided 3.7 mile canoe trip on Bald Eagle Creek from Milesburg to Curtin Village.

See the 2018 Ecology camp video here:

You can also see the 2018 Ecology camp photo album here:


Lunch and SnacksFish hatchery

  • Activity breaks will be taken each day to allow kids to eat their peanut free snacks that they brought from home.
  • Campers should pack a peanut free lunch Monday through Friday.

Camp fees and registration

Register before midnight Mar. 19, 2019

  • $440 (day camp only)

Register after 12 am Mar. 20, 2019

  • $470 (day camp only)

Day Camp:

8:30 am - 4:45 pm

Please drop your child off from between 8:15 and 8:30 am. Camp ends promptly at 4:30 pm. Please arrange to pick him/her up by 4:45 pm. 

Extended Care 

  • Cost is $50 per child per week (both morning and afternoon) or $30 per child per week (morning OR afternoon care only) for each child registered. (Must register for Extended Care when registering for camps online.)
  • Optional drop-off starting at 7:45 am, Tuesday - Friday.
  • Optional pick up by 5:15 pm, Monday - Thursday.
  • Note: Extended care is not offered on Monday morning or Friday afternoon. Each camper must be checked in by their parent/guardian at the designated time on Monday morning and must be picked up directly after camp on Friday.