Students will have the opportunity to learn about a stream’s ecology and ecosystems utilizing hands-on activities and observation skills. They will use inquiry-based learning to explore the water cycle, food webs, watersheds, plant and creature adaptations, water quality monitoring, and human impact on water resources. They will then be able to analyze the data, look for trends over time, and make predictions and hypotheses based on what they observed in the field.
Students will discover Geology and how it relates to the world around them. They will explore a geologic area unique to the state of Ohio: the Hocking Hills. They will gain an understanding of the geological forces that shaped this unique region and learn the important role that minerals, rocks, and soil play in the functioning ecosystem.
Students will hike through eastern deciduous and Hemlock forests. They will discover the parts of plants and their functions, how to identify different plants, the life cycle of a tree, and the layers of the forest. They will then explore what lives in a forest habitat, how this camp’s ecosystems are unique, and how people utilize and protect this resource.
Students will have the opportunity to explore habitats, study traits, and discover signs of the wildlife native to the Hocking Hills region. They will get a hands-on look at furs, skulls, and other specimens as well as discover the use of camouflage and the roles of predators and prey in an ecosystem. Students will be challenged to use inquiry to search for wildlife and signs of their existence.
Insects and Beyond
Students will discover the wonderful world of insects as well as other arthropods. They will develop an understanding of what an arthropod is, and they will learn what roles insects play in our ecosystem. They will explore different habitats while searching for insects and other arthropods.
Students will step back in time to life in the 1800’s when they enter our reconstructed 1860’s log house. Find out why people settled here, the impact they made, and how they survived day to day. Students will have a hands-on opportunity at pioneer chores and crafts.
Native American Life
Students will take a walk back in time to the Native American village to discover how native peoples once lived. Along the way they will reveal a timeline of events, discover artifacts, and get a glimpse of life from Paleolithic to historic natives. In the village they will try their hand at constructing their own native craft.
Students will work together to complete a number of challenges in the field, on the trail, and on our low ropes course in the woods. They will develop and practice problem solving skills, active listening, trust, positive support, leadership, and teamwork.
Students will learn how to utilize natural resources to survive in a wilderness situation. They will gain awareness of the world around them, build a debris shelter, purify water, build fire, and learn about wild edibles. Students will compare wilderness survival to the ways we use resources to survive everyday.
Students will have the opportunity to use a map and compass to complete an orienteering course. They will answer questions about charts and maps to understand their importance now and their roles throughout history. Students will also collect plant and animal cards at certain points on the course and work together to build a food chain.
Campers will build self-esteem, team-building skills and conquer their fear of heights with our 25ft indoor climbing wall, and team-belay system.
Nature Hike & Scavenger Hunt
Campers will increase their comfort level with nature during the day. They will get to observe birds, insects, animals, rocks and minerals, trees, shrubs, and wild plants.
Students will have the unique opportunity to explore the natural world after the sun goes down. They will explore the adaptations of nocturnal animals through hands-on experience with their five senses. Campers will have the opportunity to call owls, listen to insects, discover night vision, and on clear nights study the stars and the moon.
Please note, that all curriculum/classes are chosen before school visit.