2020 Conservation Camp
Nature Explorers Camp is all about getting your child outside for a hands-on exploration of nature. This year we have relocated to BREC’s Palomino Drive Park. Campers will explore the new campus and set out to different BREC parks and locations throughout the parish to learn new things and enjoy the great outdoors. Age-specific activities are designed to keep your camper engaged, learning, and having a blast all week long. These will include themed outdoor games, fishing, hiking, canoeing, crafts and experiments. Camp field trips will include locations like Blackwater Conservation Area and Louisiana State Parks.
We also offer a week-long Counselors in Training program so that your young adult can learn about becoming a natural resource professional while getting job training and experience. Additionally, we offer Expedition weeks for the campers looking to take their explorations to the next level.
SESSION 1: COUNSELORS IN TRAINING NATURALIST WORKSHOP
This week teens will take their nature interests to the next level. We will cover leadership skills, education program planning, careers skills and options in natural resources and other science fields, camper management, networking and more! Once completing this week, teens have the option of assisting with camp throughout the summer for additional experience.
June 1-5 / Ages: 14-17
SESSION 2 + 3 + 5 + 7: ECOSYSTEM EXPLORATIONS
During these Ecosystem Exploration sessions, we will break down the natural world through exploration and play. Campers will learn about nature’s functions and the different ecosystems and the organisms within them. They will adventure into swamps, forests and rivers; hiking, splashing and investigating the who, what and how of local habitats. No bug, fish, bird or fungus is off-limits in this wild exploration of native Louisiana Ecosystems.
SESSION 2 June 8-12 / Ages: 7-10
SESSION 3 June 15-19 / Ages: 7-10
SESSION 5 July 6-10 / Ages: 7-10
SESSION 7 July 20-24 / Ages: 10-13
SESSION 4: EXPEDITION WEEK ZOMBIE SURVIVAL BOOTCAMP
Ever wonder how well you would do in a zombie apocalypse or what it would be like to rough it in the wild? This week we dive headfirst into survival techniques, skills and knowledge that you would need to survive in the wilderness. Campers will navigate our parks with a map and compass, learn about hazards and how to avoid them, build proper shelters, canoe, track zombies and wildlife and so much more!
June 22-26 / Ages: 10-13
SESSION 6: EXPEDITION WEEK FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
Resurrecting frogs, invisible insects, immortal jellyfish, supersonic shrimp or glowing sharks? The world is full of truly fantastic beasts and these are only the ones we know about. Join us this week at a look at the cool, creepy, amazing, magical world of beasts. We will take a close look at the spell-binding creatures that have been found on earth and even investigate the cryptid beasts of lore and legend that still perplex researchers to this day.
July 13-17 / Ages: 7-10
SESSION 8: EXPEDITION WEEK A BUG’S LIFE
What’s small and crawls and is fun to hunt for? Bugs! Join us for a week focused on the insect world where we will be digging in the dirt and swinging nets through the air in our search for bugs. We will explore sampling techniques and spend a moment in their buzzing, flying, crawling world as we learn all about the lives of insects and spiders.
July 27-31 / Ages: 7-10
BREC’S PALOMINO DRIVE PARK
14100 Palomino Dr, Central, LA
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Early drop-off 7:30 a.m. / Late pick-up 5:30 p.m.
No additional fee
$125 per East Baton Rouge Parish resident
$150 per out-of-parish resident
To register: webtrac.brec.org / Activity #220180