Earth Science Summer Camps for Gifted Children

Some kids are tuned in to the environment. They feel a deep attachment to the planet and everything in, on, and over it. So they like learning about ecology, birds, animals, oceans, marine life, and more. If you have a child who is concerned about the planet, loves animals, or is fascinated by ecology, you might want to check out this short list of summer camps for kids.

Green River Preserve

Green River Preserve Summer Camp
Green River Preserve Summer Camp. Photo Courtesy of Green River Preserve
The mission of the Green River Preserve is "to provide a challenging and nurturing learning experience and to inspire a profound appreciation of interconnectedness, ecological respect and the joy of living." That's an ideal mission for those gifted kids who feel a deep attachment to the environment. Two camp programs are available: Base Camp and Expedition. The first is for kids in grades 2 through 9 and take place on the preserve itself. These Base Camp programs last for 5 days, 1 week, 2 weeks, or 3 weeks. The second is for kids in grades 9 through 12 and take place in Outer Banks or in the Blue Ridge Mountains. These Expedition programs are canoeing, backpacking and kayaking adventures that last for either 2 weeks or 18 days.

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Acadia Institute of Oceanography

Is your child interested in oceans and marine life? It can be difficult to nurture that interest if you live away from the ocean! It is certainly possible for a youngster from the American Midwest to become a marine biologist, but how wonderful would it be if she had the chance to study ocean life up close before going to college? This is possible through the Acadia Institute of Oceanography.

What can kids do at these camps? Here's a small sampling: study tidepool diversity; observe whales, seals and porpoises; explore careers in marine science; collect tank specimens; and snorkel in the ocean.

The Institute offers three program levels for their camps: Introductory, for 10-12 year olds; Intermediate, for 12 -15 year olds; and Advanced, for 15-19 year olds. Kids who complete the Advanced course can get college credit. The Institute in located in Seal Harbor, Maine.

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Cub Creek Science (and Animal) Camp

Located in Rolla, Missouri, this camp is great for kids who love animals and the outdoors...and science, of course. But for animal lovers, this camp offers some activities that other camps don't. For example, kids can adopt an animal for a week, or hold a snake, feed a tortoise, and catch a frog. But those are only a very few of the animal related activities available for kids.

In addition to the animal activities, the camp offers many other science activities. These include crime science, spy science, magic, botany, archeology, riflery, survival skills, and much more. Your child can choose from programs lasting one to six weeks. For each week of attendance, your child will be able to pick two courses and participate every day in some of the 100 activities available.

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Night Eagle Wilderness Adventures

Night Eagle is a 2, 3, 4 or 6-week camping adventure for boys ages 10 to 14. The camp is located on 135 acres of the Green Mountain National Forest of Vermont, so it's in the middle of the woods. And when they say it's a camping adventure, they mean it! Kids stay in tipis and except for the refrigerators run by solar power, they live without electricity. Or flush toilets. Or flashlights. Or watches. They do say adventure! What do the boys do at this camp? Each day they may choose from a variety of options announced by a camp counselor. These include making bows and arrows, mastering the art of tracking and camouflage, identifying wild edibles, learning how to start a fire with a flint and steel of a bow drill -- everything needed to survive in the wilderness, and learn an appreciation of life skills. Campers can also learn to make drums, pottery, arrowheads, and even bison jerky.

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