By Morgan Long, Education Coordinator and Camp Director
You may be asking, “what new adventure will the Riverkeeper take on next?”
I am quite excited to tell you that it’s Spring Break Camps!
This year, for the first time, we will be hosting Spring Break Camps at our new site in McAdenville. We all know the challenges of juggling school and work schedules and maybe you weren’t quite sure what your students would be doing the week of Spring Break. Luckily the Riverkeeper has the solution!
We will be hosting an outdoor, environmental science camp for students grades 3-5 and 6-8. It works a little differently than your average camp, but the differences only make it better.
With smaller group sizes and a shorter week, your camper will experience 3 jam packed days of camp all out in the wide open space of the great outdoors.
Your camper’s day will begin with interactive games and the introduction to their ‘camp pod’. With whom they will go on all their hiking adventures, conversate over lunch, and participate in some pretty fun water science activities. Campers will walk away from the week having explored the banks of the Catawba for invasive species, signs of wildlife, and maybe even will have seen some beaver habitats! They will gain an understanding of how the water of the Catawba River is used both in the present and in the past.
That’s only one day though! Another day will include learning about the impacts that humans have on the River and what they can do to make a difference. Campers will have the opportunity to search for macroinvertebrates (which are great bio-indicators to represent the health of a stream), take some water samples, and even learn about some ways that nature cleanses itself.
Maybe at this point you’re asking, but aren’t you all Catawba Riverkeeper? Why are you doing everything on land? To answer your question:
- The landscape and the River are integrally connected and we have to know just as much about the land along the River as we do the River itself in order to take care of it; and
- Of course we’re going on the River! The Wednesday of each week is designated as an on-the-water kayak day for campers. They will have the opportunity to use what they learned at camp (or are about to learn) to explore the Catawba River in all her grandeur.
Now that you know what to expect, you may still be curious about the logistics of camp itself. Camps will be April 5th-7th for 3rd-5th graders and April 7th-9th for 6th-8th graders.
Camp will run from an 8:45 AM drop-off to a 4 PM pickup each day. Campers bring their own lunch and come prepared to get wet and dirty because camp will be outside rain or shine!
We will be following the latest COVID safety guidelines at the time of camp in order to provide a safe environment for our campers and staff. Should we choose to cancel in-person camps, there will be a virtual alternative (with a 50% refund). We still hope to offer a kayaking day with virtual camp.
Spots are limited to 20 campers per session and are filled on a first come, first served basis.
We do have scholarship opportunities: please email Morgan Long at email@example.com for inquiries about scholarships, questions about camp, and to be placed on the waitlist when sessions fill up.