2019 Conservation Camp
Nature Explorers Camp is all about getting your child outside to explore nature. The Basecamp is located at BREC’s Independence Activity Building next to the Goodwood Library. From there, campers will set out to different BREC parks and locations throughout the parish to learn new things and enjoy the great outdoors. Activities will include themed outdoor games, hiking, canoeing, crafts and experiments. Camp field trips will include locations like Blackwater Conservation Area and Louisiana State Parks.
This year we are offering a CIT program so that your young adult can learn about becoming a natural resource professional while getting job training and experience. Additionally, we are offering NEW Expedition weeks for campers looking to take their explorations to the next level. This camp will be a great way for your child to learn new things while enjoying the parish’s natural resources.
SESSION 1: CIT ADVANCED NATURALIST TRAINING WORKSHOP
This week teens will take their nature interests to the next level. We will cover leadership skills, education program planning, natural resource and science careers and how to prepare for them and teach CIT’s how to assist with Nature Explorers camp. Once completing this week, teens have the option of assisting with camp throughout the summer for additional experience.
June 3-7 / Ages: 14-17
SESSION 2 + 3 + 5 + 7: ECOSYSTEM EXPLORATIONS
During these 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: ECOSYSTEM EXPLORATIONS
June 10-14 / Ages: 7-10
SESSION 3 ECOSYSTEM EXPLORATIONS
June17-21 / Ages: 7-10
SESSION 4 EXPEDITION WEEK: WILDERNESS SURVIVAL ADVENTURES
Ever wonder what it would be like to rough it in the wild? Or how explorers and Native Americans survived living off the land? This week we look at how indigenous cultures and early settlers interacted with the natural landscape and teach campers some of their survival techniques. Follow us into the wilderness where we will paddle, fish, hike and explore what it would be like to survive in the wild.
June 24-28 / Ages: 10-13
SESSION 5: ECOSYSTEM EXPLORATIONS
July 8-12 / Ages: 7-10
SESSION 6 EXPEDITION WEEK: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
Resurrecting frogs, invisible insects, immortal jellyfish, supersonic shrimp, glowing sharks? The world is full of truly fantastic beasts and these are only the ones we know about. Join us this week as we 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 we are still in search of.
July 15-19 / Ages: 7-10
SESSION 7 ECOSYSTEM EXPLORATIONS
July 22-26 / Ages: 10-13
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 29-Aug. 2 / Ages: 7-10
INDEPENDENCE GARDEN EVENT CENTER - 7711 GOODWOOD BLVD. (next to the Goodwood Library)
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Early drop-off 7:30 a.m. / Late pick-up 5:30 p.m.
No additional fee
$120 per East Baton Rouge Parish resident
$144 per per out-of-parish resident
To register: webtrac.brec.org / Activity #220180