2013 Summer Camp Listing
Location: Central Austin
Ages: Incoming K-Incoming 4th Grade
Duration: All Camps are from 9AM to 5PM (ask me about later hours)
Note: Morning and afternoon snacks provided. Each child is responsible for bringing their own lunch and re-usable water bottle.
Allergen Alert: Children who are allergic to cats are not advised to sign up for these camps. There is one loving cat who lives on premises!
Special Info: Children need to be able to walk three blocks to a nearby park and pool each day, weather permitting, for outdoor play (except on field trip days). Children must also be comfortable in a swimming pool. We will be swimming each day the pool is open (except on field trip days). Lifeguards are present and my assistant certified in Basic Water Rescue. Both myself and my assistant are certified in CPR/1st Aid. Children are either restricted to the 3 foot area, or with your permission, allowed into the 4 foot area.
Field Trips: Field trips will be taken on the week(s) noted by an asterisk (weather permitting). Children and Eco Friends staff will travel via public transportation to and from field trip destination. There is a $10 Field Trip Fee for each child attending. The fee covers additional staffing needs for that day, bus fare (if applicable) and entry fee (if applicable). Fee is paid the day of the Field Trip.
Pricing: $50/day. A 25% deposit is required by March 15, 2013 to hold your child's spot. The remainder of the balance is due by April 30, 2013.
Discount: 10% Early Bird Discount for anyone registered and paid in full by March 15, 2013. More than one child enrolling? Ask about our great sibling discount!
Please visit our "Registration Forms" tab to request the necessary paperwork. Thank you!
Week 1: June 17-21: Nature's Booty: The Value of Texas Rocks & Fossils*
Description: Bust out those shovels! In this camp, kids will try their hand at being amateur geologists. Children will learn about the rocks and fossils found in the Austin area, envision the geography of the area during the Cretaceous Period, learn how fossils can unlock mysteries of the past, and learn what to look for while sifting through rocks. The camp culminates in a field trip to Pease Park where children will look for samples to bring back, classify, and use to create their own sample box. New this year: we will discuss and look at pictures of some of the new fossils that have been discovered for the first time in the last few years.
Week 2: June 24-28: Local Caterpillars and Butterflies
Description: Ever wonder what kind of butterfly a caterpillar is going to turn into? Well, this is the week the kids will learn how to identify caterpillars based on size, shape, color, and texture. The kids will put together butterfly journals and their very own identification guides that they can use all summer as caterpillars begin to take over Austin. We will also discuss the life cycle of a butterfly, as well as what part it plays in a food chain. The kids will also learn which plants are optimal for ensuring that butterflies visit your yard in the Spring! We will also examine some of the problems that plague the Monarch Butterfly as it migrates through Texas to Mexico, and learn how we can help them out!
Week 3: July 1-5: Weird Science (Due to the holiday, we will not meet on 7/4)
Description: So many topics can be covered under this section! Just in time for the 4th of July fireworks show, we will learn the science behind pyrotechnics. We will also learn about the Fibonacci Sequence and explore the many ways it pops up in nature! In addition, we will learn weird facts about the human body, animals, our planet, and outer space. Kids will take one of the facts they learned and integrate it into a comic strip!
Week 4: July 8-12: Predator Showdown: Examining the Importance of Predators in Wildlife
Description: Children will learn about common predator/prey relationships and why they are necessary for maintaining a healthy carrying capacity in nature. Children will also learn about predator vs. predator face-offs, and why they happen. Using their stats (speed, strength, defense tactics), children will theorize which predators would prevail in fictitious battles of their own creation using a card game they construct.
Week 5: July 15-19: Great Migrations
Description: Scientists agree that it is becoming more difficult for many migratory species. They face many obstacles, and they do not always survive the journey. During this week, we will learn what types of animals migrate, why, and where they migrate to. Courtesy of National Geographic, we will have plenty of clips from documentaries to witness these migrations with our own eyes! We will also create our own migration challenge games to play in the park. The kids will be putting together their own books that highlight their favorite migration stories.
Week 6: July 22-26: Coral Reefs
Description: Did you know there are coral reefs off the shore of Galveston? When we talk about reefs, we normally talk about the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia, however there are reefs much closer to home! Together we will explore the biodiversity found in our Gulf of Mexico reefs, compare and contrast it to the biodiversity found in the Great Barrier Reef, and construct a mixed media reef of our own! We will also take a close look at ocean currents, the future of our reefs, and what we can do to protect them.
Week 7: July 29-August 2: Big Cats
Description: What is considered a big cat? How are they different from each other? Where do they live, and how? Those are all questions we will find answers to during Big Cats Week. We will examine which parts of the world have the greatest populations and learn about what the biggest threats to their survival are. I will challenge the kids to imagine what it would be like if they shared the same land with these cats. We will talk about some of the indigenous people who do just that! The children will learn the path of a special jaguar that migrates across 18 countries! And of course, we will take a special look at the King of the Jungle through a case study on lions.
Week 8: August 5-9: New Species
Description: Every year scientists of all types discover new species of plants and animals. We will take a look at some of the new species that have been brought to light over the past two years. I will challenge the kids to come up with reasons as to why they think these species were just now discovered. We will also have fun trying to guess what might be found next as they illustrate their predictions for future species! From arachnids to orchids to primates to ocean life, we will delight in being surprised by what is still out there and unknown!
Week 9: August 12-16: Shark Week
Description: We will examine the different varieties of sharks, their life cycles, and play physical games to illustrate their food chains. Since sharks can be found in a variety of places, we will explore some of the routes a shark could theoretically take across the world. Children will be challenged to create their own route, highlighting different countries along the way. We will do the math and figure out just how many shark attacks happen each year, and how many are fatal. And if the information I found online is correct, this coincides with the Discovery Channel's Shark Week as well!