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Summer Academic Enrichment Eligible Programs


Program Info
Program: Field Biology
Sponsoring Organization: Bell Museum of Natural History

Main Contact
Name: Katie Speckman
Title: Summer Camp Director
Address: 10 Church St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: (612) 624-6878
Fax: (612) 626-7704
Email: sathe095@umn.edu
Curricular area: Science
Grades Served: 3 , 4 , 5 , 6

Goals

Explore the life of a wildlife biologist by studying living flora and fauna, and their relationship to their environment. Learn to use field equipment and track animals.


Activities

Currently, there are eighteen camps ranging from mammals to invertebrates, outer space and engineering. The week-long camps include hands-on, inquiry-based classroom and laboratory activities, as well as outdoor exploration and recreation. One example, the Sunfish,Catfish, Go FISH camp which involves fish anatomy, behavior and habitat includes daily activities such as: Day 1: Aquatic Habitats and Eco-systems: Learn about different aquatic habitats such as ponds, lakes and rivers; discover the properties of water and collect water samples, and create a habitat. Day 2: MN Fish: Dissect a fish to learn about the anatomy, learn about fish behavior and the evolution of fish. Day 3: Fishy Activities: Create a fish using a variety of materials, discuss fish adaptations, build a pop can fishing pole and make some fish prints. Day 4: Go Fishing: Visit St. Anthony Falls to try and catch fish using homemade poles, seine nets and real fishing poles. Day 5: Fisheries Management: Discuss fishing regulations and learn about invasive species, make posters for a town meeting and meet with a conservation officer. The camps are led by University of Minnesota undergraduate and graduate students and give campers the opportunity to meet University scientists and researchers. In addition, campers take part in recreational activities on the St. Paul campus and also swim trips to the world class University Aquatic Center. Campers also take field trips to University learning centers such as the Raptor Center, Bee Lab, and Small Animal Veterinary Hospital. These visits serve to provide tangible experiences that link learning and fun to post- secondary aspirations and also provide opportunities to become familiar with an institution that can seem inaccessible to individuals without personal experiences at a college or university.

All camps focus on four primary pedagogical approaches: 1. Hands-on Learning 2. Object-based Learning 3. Interdisciplinary Learning 4. Scientific Inqu


Program Dates

July 10- July 14, 2017 and August 21- August 25, 2017



Can students reside on campus? No

Can students commute to campus? Yes


Estimated commuter cost per student
Tuition: $265
Fees: $0
Books: $0
Supplies: $0
Transportation: $0