Exploring Environmental Sciences

SUMMER ACADEMY REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

You can register online or download a paper registration form.

Students who register by March 6th will receive a $20 discount on day camp and overnight registration fees, as well as a discounted camp t-shirt.

Do you enjoy the outdoors and learning about nature? In this camp, you will investigate different fields of study in the world of environmental sciences. You’ll work side by side with professionals in a variety of environmental fields, including horticulture, conservation, herpetology (the study of amphibians and reptiles), botany, and aquatic ecology. Through experiential learning (“learn by doing”) and talking to our experts, you will gain invaluable insights into careers in these fields. We will spend each day exploring the State Botanical Garden grounds and learning about the diverse ecosystems found in this part of the Georgia Piedmont. We will get our hands dirty planting native species. We will get wet in the Middle Oconee River with aquatic sampling. And most importantly, we will have tons of fun!

Ages: 11-14

Course Number:

89880

Course Date:
Monday, June 4, 2018 to Friday, June 8, 2018
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
8:30am-3:30pm
Extended Day (Pool) available until 5:30pm
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall

Address:
UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
US
Location Info:

Overnight students will check in at the residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.

Cost:

Day Camp - $360

  • Optional Extended Day until 5:30pm - $35

Overnight Camp - $830

Instructor: 

Cora Keber (B.S. University of Kentucky 2001) is the Director of Education at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens since September 2007. Her responsibilities include programming for adults and children and also maintains partnerships with University of Georgia departments and local and state-wide organizations. The adult programs include the Certificate in Native Plants program, symposia, series program and Evening and After Hours programs. She works in collaboration Children’s Program Manager to teach and plan field trips for grades pre-K through secondary grade levels and co-directing summer camp programs, school day-off programs and family festivals. The children’s programs are correlated with the GA Performance Standards and focus on nature connection and scientific observation through puppetry, storytelling and outdoor exploration. She is the President for the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia Board of Directors and is Secretary for the Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful Board of Directors. Keber is pursuing her Master of Arts in Nonprofit Organization at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation date December 2018. In her non-work time, she teaches Zumba, is a dance company member at DanceFX, and enjoys time with loved ones and time outdoors.

Berkeley Boone is the Children’s Program Manager at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. He graduated from UGA with a BSEd degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies in 2003. He has been involved in environmental education and summer camps for over twenty years. At the Garden, he helps to make sure that field trips for schools and groups, family programs and special events, and the summer camp and day-off-school programs are running as they should. His background is in herpetology, and outside of work he gives presentations and exhibits using live reptiles and amphibians.

What you need for camp/program: 

A detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you two weeks before camp begins.