Programs at Camp - YCAMP

Programs at Camp


Discovery Hike: Students awaken their curiosity and explore the natural world with their own hands. Key concepts discussed include adaptations, changes and relationships. (Grades: All)

Birds: This class gives students the tools to continue learning about the outdoors. Books and binoculars help students see birds in their natural environment. A live, crippled red-tailed hawk is used to discuss ethics. (Grades: All)

Stream Ecology: Students explore a stream with nets to discover the variety of insects that live there. Individual insects are studied to learn about diversity and water quality. (Grades: All)

Iowa Geology: Ancient sea floors, mile-thick glacial ice, spreading rock masses: these are all part of Iowa's geological past. Interactive stations, experiments and games will keep students moving and learning how our landscape reached its present shape. (Grades: 5th and up)

Habitats: What do all animals, including humans, need to survive? We will look at three distinct Iowa habitats and learn about the animals that do (and did) call this place home. (Grades: All)

The Math, Science and History behind the Tipi: Students set up a 14-foot Plains-style tipi from start to finish. We will discuss materials used in tipi construction, physics behind its structure and history of the people who used this dwelling. (Grades: All)

Making Sense of Nature: This class challenges students' perceptions of the natural world by challenging the way they see, hear, feel, smell, even taste a natural area. A blind walk and creative writing crystallize the experience into something tangible. (Grades: All)

Beyond Hatchet: Winter Survival Techniques: Not only will students learn real survival techniques, this class can be used to stimulate creative writing, practice cooperation and explore new roles. (Grades: All)

Big Owls Hoot, Little Owls Toot: This entertaining and eye-opening program introduces students to the beautiful and mysterious birds that occupy the night sky. Students will have an opportunity to see live owls, learn their calls and study the conservation of these fantastic animals. (Grades: All)

Night Hike: Skilled naturalists lead students through the darkness as they explore their senses, view the night sky and listen for nocturnal creatures. Your students' perception of the dark will never be the same.
(Grades: All)

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