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June 21-22, 2017

For students entering grades 4-6

This program fills quickly!

The program is co-sponsored by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC). It is held at:

Myrick Park Center
789 Myrick Park Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601

Grab your binoculars, hip boots and discover the hidden treasures of nature living in and along the Mississippi River. 

Learn and perform field and laboratory techniques used by scientists studying the Upper Mississippi River. Collect and identify macroinvertebrates, the small "critters" living in the mud and swimming in the water. Identify and learn about aquatic plants, trees, reptiles and amphibians of the floodplain forest. Observe and identify birds and the nests they make. Simulate tracking animals with radio transmitters. Navigate the forest and prairie using Global Positioning System, aerial photographs and land maps.

Class size is limited to 40 participants to ensure hands-on participation. 

WXOW news article/video: 2015 Kids explore the outdoors at USGS science camp

Environmental Explorers agenda:

Wednesday, June 21

7:30–8 a.m. Registration
8–9:15 a.m. Songbird Mist Netting & Banding Along the Mississippi River
Randy Hines, Biologist, USGS, Elise O’Neill, Environmental Education Assistant, WisCorps and Caroline Kerr, Environmental Education Assistant, WisCorps
9:15–9:30 a.m. Break
9:30–11 a.m. Sampling Water Quality in the River: How and Why
John Manier, biologist, USGS
11–11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Lunch (box lunch provided)
Bus ride to Nelson Park 
12–1:15 p.m. Backwater Safari: Plant ID & Habitats
Ruth Nissen, Education Specialist, Wisconsin DNR
1:15–1:30 p.m. Break
1:30–2:45 p.m. Fishes of the Mississippi River: Identification & Habitats
Teresa Lewis, Fisheries Biologist, FWS
2:45–3:15 p.m.
3:15 p.m.
Bus ride to back to Myrick Park
Depart

Thursday, June 22

7:45–8 a.m. Arrival
8–9:15 a.m. Small Critters of the River
Becky Kreiling, Biologist, USGS 
9:15–9:30 a.m. Break
9:30–10:45 a.m. Mapping Our Environment & Tracking Animals
Jenny Hanson, GIS Specialist, USGS
10:45–11:30 a.m. Environmental Games: Invasive Species & Bird Migration
11:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Lunch (box lunch provided)
12:15–1:30 p.m. Amphibians and Reptiles
Randy Hines, Wildlife Biologist, USGS
1:30–1:45 p.m. Break
1:45–3 p.m. Web of Life!
Elise O’Neill, Environmental Education Assistant, WisCorps and Caroline Kerr, Environmental Education Assistant, WisCorps
3–3:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony
3:30 p.m. Depart

Registration

 Fee:

  • $75
  • Includes instructional materials, use of equipment, lunches and tote bag.

Important:

To ensure the health and saftey of all children, each child must submit a health form prior to the event.

  • Health forms must be emailed to: conted@uwlax.edu
  • Submit your form a least 2 weeks prior to the start date of the event
  • Include the name of the program your child will attend in the body of your email
  • Children who do not submit a form will not be allowed to participate

Registration deadlines & cancellation:

Registrations are accepted until June 2, 2017 or until enrollment is reached.

Cancellation policy:

Substitutions welcome. Full refund less $25 processing fee two weeks prior to event, no refunds thereafter. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to: conted@uwlax.edu.
 
Registration implies permission for photos, publicity and inclusion in a participant list, unless Continuing Education/Extension is notified in writing prior to the program:conted@uwlax.edu.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for financially disadvantaged students. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. 2017 scholarship applications are accepted until scholarship funds have been depleted. A minimum payment is due at time of registration.

Return this scholarship application and financial information to: 

UW-La Crosse Continuing Education
205 Morris Hall, 1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
conted@uwlax.edu

You must complete the scholarship application form and attach:

  • First page of your 2016 Federal Income Tax Form (child must be listed as exemption) or letter of explanation if one was not filed. This requirement may be waived if you provide a letter from child's school indicating the child received *free* meals at school. Once this is verified, you are responsible for 15% of the tuition fee for one program, payable at time of registration, not including supply/equipment fees.
  • Student's current grade report (must be in good academic standing)

Incomplete applications are not processed. Notification of scholarship decision and registration instructions will be sent on May 1, 2017. Scholarship application deadline for summer programs (June-August) is April 1, 2017.

Everyone is expected to pay at least 15% (rounded to the nearest dollar) of the cost of the program. Scholarships are good for one Continuing Education youth program per year only and does not include supply/equipment fees. Scholarships are not available for programs $300 or more.

General information

Insurance:

Participants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as limited accident insurance is provided by UW-La Crosse.

Questions:

EE-swamp-photoFor questions or additional information contact 608.785.6500 or conted@uwlax.edu.

Continuing Education/Extension 
UW-La Crosse 
1725 State St., 205 Morris Hall 
La Crosse, Wis. 54601 
866.895.9233 (toll-free)

Important:

To ensure the health and saftey of all children, each child must submit a health form prior to the event.

  • Health forms must be emailed to: conted@uwlax.edu
  • Submit your form a least 2 weeks prior to the start date of the event
  • Include the name of the program your child will attend in the body of your email
  • Children who do not submit a form will not be allowed to participate

In partnership with:

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WisCorps offers additional summer daycamp opportunities.