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Sustainability: if the earth could talk, what would it say?

July 18 - 22, 2016

Middle School Camp

Camp Description

There is only one earth, and there is a lot we can learn about keeping it balanced. From our apples to our iPods, the things around us have an effect on our lives and our planet. For one week we will study the science that is making our world a better place, and with the help of biologists and engineers, learn how we can shape the future.

One goal for campers is to reconnect them with the outdoors, and time will be spent discovering, exploring, and playing in forests, streams, and ponds. We will allow our curiosity to lead us on a learning adventure!

Sample Investigations

How do living things reduce, reuse and recycle? What is being done with living things in upstate NY that helps our planet? There is a lot humans can learn from other species on earth. Every species has strategies for living sustainably in their environment. We will use the lessons we learn to see how we might apply them to our own life.

How healthy is the earth? Satellites are used to see how the earth is doing. Like doctors monitoring vital signs, scientists are using satellites to monitor the health of our planet. We will look at the earth’s current health using the latest technology and brainstorm ways we can help.

Observing our natural world. Time will be spent in gardens, forests, and ponds on and off campus to allow campers to discover, explore, and see where their curiosity takes them. Teachable moments will present themselves with every discovery.

Other Notes

  • Campers are expected to bring a lunch.
  • Snacks will be provided during the day.
  • Students should come dressed appropriately for travel around campus.