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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: 2088 Larpenteur Ave. W.
Falcon Heights, MN 55108
Phone: (612) 624-6878
Curricular area: Science
Grades Served: 3 , 4 , 5 , 6


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.


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

June 18, 2018-June 22, 2018 and July 30, 2018- August 3, 2018 and August 27, 2018- August 31, 2018

Can students reside on campus? No

Can students commute to campus? Yes

Estimated commuter cost per student
Tuition: $350
Fees: $40
Books: $0
Supplies: $0
Transportation: $0