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Ecology Camp: The Wild Wonders of Your Own Backyard
Ecology Camp students walking down trail

About the Camp

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. 



Date: July 8-12, 2019

Time: 8:30-4:45 (Note that this is a longer day than most of our other camps! Please be prepared to pick up your child at 4:45. Occasionally due to unforeseen and unpredictable circumstances, such as river levels or camper skill with terrain, this time will vary. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.)

Camp fees and registration:  Register before midnight Mar. 19, 2019: $440 
                                                  Register after 12 am Mar. 20, 2019:       $470

Lunch and Snacks: 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.

Extended Care: Before- and after-camp care is available for our elementary and middle school camps (see times below). The cost for either AM or PM Extended Care is $30 per child per week and the cost for both AM and PM Extended Care is $50 per child per week. Parents must register their children for Extended Care when registering for camps online. Extended Care takes place on campus and exact locations will be communicated to registered parents each week.

  • AM Extended Care: Drop-off starting at 7:45 am, Tuesday-Friday.
  • PM Extended Care: Pick up no later than 5:15 pm, Monday - Thursday.
  • Note: Extended care is not offered on Monday morning or Friday afternoon. Each camper must be checked in to camp by their parent/guardian at the designated time on Monday morning and must be picked up directly after the closing ceremony on Friday


Pictures from ecology camp; a woodfrog, small snake, student holding a trout, and camp director holding a snapping turtle