Description: Not all science happens in a laboratory. This summer spend some time in the great outdoors exploring what it might be like to become a botanist, ecologist, ornithologist, marine biologist, or geologist. This camp includes two overnight camp outs (Monday and Wednesday nights) and time at the museum, in the desert, in the rainforest (at Biosphere 2), and underwater (in a pool as we learn to scuba dive). Hands-on field research will allow students a real world experience in learning about the natural world and developing a passion to preserve and protect it.
9:00 a.m. drop off, 3:00 p.m. pick up (Mon-Thurs at the Desert Museum, Fri at the Dive Shop)
Botany Day – Hug a saguaro and harvest its fruit. Sleep under the stars at the harvest site amongst the lullaby of coyotes. (Monday night spent camping)
Geology Day – Discover hidden treasures in the museum’s mineral vault and peek over the edge of a working copper mine. (Tuesday night spent at home)
Ecology Day – Travel through five different biomes searching for interconnections of their unique flora and fauna during our visit to Biosphere 2. (Wednesday night spent camping)
Ornithology Day – Wake to the buzzing of hummingbirds on an early morning hike at Catalina State Park before our return to the museum to meet with our resident birding experts. (Thursday night spent at home)
Marine Biology Day – After a jaw dropping experience with an Elasmobranchologist, dive right into a Discover Scuba course at The Dive Shop. (Friday drop off & pick up at 1702 E. Prince Road)
Dinner provided Monday and Wednesday night. Breakfast and lunch provided Tuesday and Thursday. Bring your own lunch and snacks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Tents will be provided. Some sleeping bags and sleeping pads are available to borrow on first come, first served basis.
Transportation to campsites provided.
Dates: June 24-28
Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Mt. Lemmon and beyond
Address: 2021 N Kinney Rd
Cost: $375 for a one-week field camp, including two overnights. $345 for Museum members.
Organization: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Registration website: www.desertmuseum.org
Registration deadline: May 3, 2019
Is the registration fee refundable? Yes
Camp days offered: Full day, Overnight
Maximum attendees: 18
Is lunch offered? No
Extended days offered: No
Discounts: Scholarships are awarded to students with a demonstrated interest in the environment and a household income or special circumstances that make the camp unaffordable for their families. Applications due May 3, 2019. Awards will be announced by May 17, 2019. Scholarship application form available on camp website.
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