Camp Press Release

For Immediate Release February 23, 2015

High school students create NatSci Camp at Queens University of Charlotte, NC.

Local high school students create innovative 2015 summer camp on Queens University of Charlotte campus, these natural leaders are founders of the non profit E-Corps.  E-Corps believes there is a restorative power in nature, that replenishes our spirit, renews our bond with the great outdoors and causes us to come alive. These exceptional teens have spent the last summers diligently helping youth connect to nature and after a year of preparation have a new creation.

Is this the camp for your child? Are you concerned your child is suffering from what Richard Louv coined “Nature Deficit Disorder”?  Does your child feel science is a foreign element not an integral part of nature, the environment or life? Is your child detached from the natural environment set on viewing it via a screen?   Do you fear the skills of observation, imagination, and wonder are suppressed by commercialism?

The only cure is to shift the nature perspective, as the sustaining element of life with all scientific vastness and infinite wonders. This camp begins the journey to critical thinking, with STE(A)M* correlations and imaginative fun in nature.

Our NatSci Basic Training summer day camps adhere to the E-Corps mission and curriculum objectives.  E-Corps camp staff strives to make out of school time learning fun, engaging and a rewarding experience for each camper.  We respect and value the opportunity to share our love of science and nature to dispel fears and inspire curiosity.

General Information:

Times 8am – 4:30pm daily as weekly sessions for ages 8 – 13 years. Extended day is available.

July 13 – 17 Natural Arts is our CREATIVE visual, dramatic, music which will exhibit natural in understand and appreciating nature creative side and interest in nature.  Culminating in an artistic journey finale skit.

July 20 – 24 Green Machine Engineering (click here for more information) Design and build your original ideas using eco-friendly techniques using repurposed materials. Yurt – of bamboo, aquaponics and alternative energy items.

August 3 – 7 Lawson Virtual (GIS) Voyage to the Carolinas, construct a spatial illustration of the Journey across the Carolinas. Mapping, GIS introduction, geocaching.

This camp is managed by E-Corps Expeditions crew of environmental educators and natural leaders.  For more information and to register please visit https://e-corps.org/camps-natsci-bt/


(*= science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics)  NatScinewsRelease150223

2015 EENC Western Section Mini-Conference

2015 Western Section Mini-Conference

Environmental Educators of North Carolina Western Section Mini-Conference 2015 Western Section Mini-ConferenceFriday, February 6, 2015 at Chimney Rock Park at Chimney Rock State Park

EENC recognizes that not everyone can attend our annual conference, so we are providing a day long mini-conference for EENC Members, Teachers, and Non-formal educators. This networking and professional development opportunity is not to be missed!

Member Cost: $10.00, Student Member Cost $5.00, Non-member cost: $20.00 — lunch and snacks will be included

Mini-Conference Schedule

9:00 Gates Open, Check-in

9:30 Introduction and Vocal Warm-Up Activities

10:00 Session 1
Outdoor Pavilion-“Getting Your Nature Connection On” -Karan Barber

Indoor Classroom-“Developing Curriculum Based EE Programs and Field Trips”-Tom Randolph

11:00 Session 2
Outdoor Pavilion-“Using Children’s Books to get Students Excited About Nature” Kat Scala and Dottie Schuman

Indoor Classroom-“Bones in a Bottle: An examination of roadside litter as a source of small mammal mortality, and as an alternative to owl pellets”-Patrick Brannon

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Session 3-Outdoors
“The Hickory Nut Gorge Eco system and Winter Tree ID”–Ron Lance
“The Geology of Chimney Rock”–Anthony Love

2:30 Session 4-Outdoors
“The Hickory Nut Gorge Eco system and Winter Tree ID”–Ron Lance
“The Geology of Chimney Rock”– Anthony Love

4:00 Closing Activity, Form-B

4:15 Additional Self-Guided Exploration (optional)

The Mini-Conference is an great opportunity to work on Criteria II or Criteria III of your EE Certification Portfolio.

EENC is offering a limited number of scholarships of $100.00 to Classroom Teachers to help pay for associated costs (substitutes, travel, etc.).

2015 Western Section Mini-Conference.

 
2015 Western Section Mini-Conference.