Summer Camps

Catawba Riverkeeper is excited to offer 4 weeks of day camp for summer 2020!

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River Researchers | High School (Rising 9, 10, 11, 12 Graders*) | June 15 – 19 | Latta Nature Preserve

*Must be under 18 through June 19, 2020

Campers will investigate current water health on the Catawba River through hands-on water quality tests. As River Researchers, campers will learn from experts about the potential threats to water quality and propose solutions to improve the health of our river basin. Some topics campers will explore: urban runoff, stormwater, BMPs, and wastewater treatment.

Campers will enjoy one day of research through observation while kayaking down the river.  Researchers will design an interactive kayaking 101 safety/fundamentals class to be taught to community members looking to explore the river.

Member Rate: $300
Non-member Rate: $350

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Sneak Peek: River Researchers will dive deep into the water quality challenges and issues that face the Catawba River. They will hear from field experts in biology, environmental science, ecology, and many more. Researchers will take on the role of analytical scientists by taking water samples, running water tests, and analyze the tests. Campers will visit Duke Energy’s EnergyExplorium to learn about energy creation on the Catawba River and how this river came to produce the more energy per mile of any other river in America.

Through scientific observation and research, our high school camp will explore current and future solutions to improve water quality and the overall health of the river. This camp will challenge teens to use the knowledge they gain through the week to design an activity that will engage the public with the Catawba River in new ways.

River Trackers | Middle School (Rising 6, 7, 8 Graders) | June 22-26 | McDowell Nature Preserve

Where science, history, and fun converge.

Our middle school program is focused on engaging campers through service-learning lessons.  River Trackers will explore how the Catawba River has been used over time to benefit humans and how we can, in turn, positively impact it today.

River Trackers will learn the history of the Catawba Nation, the namesake of the Catawba River.  Campers will also monitor water quality on portions of the Catawba River throughout the week as they identify potential sources of pollution and create innovative solutions to these threats.

The last day, campers will meander down the river on kayaks and take part in a kayaking 101 safety/fundamentals class.

Member Rate: $275
Non-member Rate: $325

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Sneak Peek: Our middle school summer camp will engage kids with the river by tracking how the Catawba River has changed and even been altered over time. Campers will visit Duke Energy’s EnergyExplorium to learn about energy creation on the Catawba River and how this river came to produce the more energy per mile of any other river in America.

Campers will also monitor water quality on the Catawba River and work to track potential sources of pollution and look at innovative solutions to these threats. River Trackers will learn how the river got its name along with the history of the native peoples who originally settled on the banks of the Catawba and still live there today.

Catawba Critters – GIRLS ONLY | Elementary School (Rising 3, 4, 5 Graders) | June 29 – July 2 (4 days) | Latta Nature Preserve

A hands-on camp designed to ignite interest and engage young campers with the Catawba River Basin. Campers will have fun while exploring what lives in and around the Catawba River Basin as they build and understand the food webs in our region. Catawba Critters will also learn and practice how to be good stewards of our basin through hands-on labs and service learning.

Campers will learn about the health of our river, focusing on a different level of the food web each day.

Member Rate: $200
Non-member Rate: $250

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Sneak Peek: This week will be a short one, but packed with hands-on lessons, projects, even a taste of field work. The week will be spent engaging girls with the critters that depend on the Catawba River. Each day will begin each day with a hike to hone their senses in the forest and end the day with a trash walk that will introduce Leave No Trace Principals. The Catawba Critter ladies will learn about the hierarchy of plant and animal life beginning with the animals highest up on the food chain and follow the flow of energy around the food web.

Campers will begin to explore how interconnected plants and animals are by visiting a state managed forest situated on Charlotte’s drinking water reservoir, Mountain Island Lake. Girls will end the week on the water for a service learning day observing and cataloging organisms while cleaning up trash.

 

Catawba Critters – CO-ED | Elementary School (Rising 3, 4, 5 Graders) | July 6 – July 10 (5 days) | McDowell Nature Preserve

A hands-on camp designed to ignite interest and engage young campers with the Catawba River Basin. Campers will have fun while exploring what lives in and around the Catawba River Basin as they build and understand the food webs in our region. Catawba Critters will also learn and practice how to be good stewards of our basin through hands-on labs and service learning.

Campers will learn about the health of our river, focusing on a different level of the food web each day.

Member Rate: $275
Non-member Rate: $325

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Sneak Peek: Campers will begin each day with a hike to hone their senses in the forest and end the day with a trash walk to leave McDowell Nature Preserve better for others to enjoy.  Activities will introduce campers to the world of a food web in the Catawba River Basin.  This intricate world will begin on Monday with the animals highest up on the food chain and will end on Friday with the lowest level of microscopic plants and animals that we all depend on.

There will be two days that we travel to separate locations outside of McDowell.  The first day the campers will visit a forest managed by the North Carolina Forest Service on Mountain Island Lake which is Charlotte’s drinking water reservoir, and a second day they will experience a day of kayaking on the river.