At Cub Creek Science Camp, nature is everywhere!
Many opportunities exist to explore and discover exciting things about the world of nature. Taking time to stop and examine a rock, look closely at the belly of a small salamander, or learn about the diversity of trees opens your eyes to all the wonders of this world..At Camp we strive to have all our campers grow a passion for our planet and all the unique creatures and plants on it. Our nature driven courses focus on all the cool things in the outdoors.
While several courses could be in more than one category, below is a list of the Nature Courses offered at Cub Creek Science Camp.
Put on your boots, grab your collection nets and let's go explore the wonders of a pond! Cub Creek Science Camp is home to many ponds! Over the week, campers will get to explore these thriving ecosystems. Be prepared to get wet, muddy and have loads of fun.
These classes are part of the Pond Study course:
- Introduction to the Pond
- Water Scopes
- Mini Aquariums
- Microscopic Life
Limnology is the science that deals with the study of ponds, lakes and streams. Ponds can be home to over 1,000 different animals and even animals who live elsewhere require ponds as a source of drinking water. Ponds are a wonderful place to begin exploring ecosystems because many can be found in our own backyards.
Calling all rock-hounds: If you are fascinated by the earth and what it's made of, then this is the summer camp course for you! Learn how to classify different types of rocks and use geologists' methods for discovering their structure. Everyone one will go home with their own rock collection.
These classes are part of the Geology course:
- Quarry Dig
- Rock Hunt- Geology on the Go
Geology is the science that studies the earth, rocks and minerals. Rocks may seem dull upon first glance, but understanding the rocks and minerals helps us understand ourselves. The human body contains 30 different types of minerals. From sparkling diamonds to out of this world meteorites, with so many amazing minerals, learning about geology really rocks!
A popular camp class is Gemstone Quarry, so campers can "rock around" for a day without taking a full week of Geology.
Become a Botanist for a week and learn about plants, trees, and other types of flora around camp. Campers in this week- long course, pick blackberries and learn to identify other tasty wild edibles; Learn to identify the 10 most common trees in a Missouri forest;and pick wildflowers and learn how to preserve them using a flower press.
The classes in the Botany course are:
- Anatomy of a Plant
- Tree Hike
- Time to Smell the Flowers
- Wild Edibles
- Edibles for Animals
Botany is science that deals with plants. Plants are all around us, especially here at camp. They can be used to make everything from clothes and food to medicine and perfume. Without plants, our planet would not survive.
One of our newer courses at camp is Junior Naturalist. During the week, campers will learn about field biology as they learn about, track and observe wildlife native to camp. It puts to the test all the knowledge of all our nature classes and courses. At the end of the week, the campers in this course take a knowledge test to see how much they've learned. If they pass, they'll receive the hardest earning bead here at camp, the Jr Naturalist Bead! This is the ideal course for anyone interested in conservation and/or wildlife biology.