Sponsored by the Arkansas Audubon Society, the Edith and Henry Halberg Ecology Camp offers two one-week outdoor nature study programs for 11 and 12 year old youth in mid-June. Each session offers campers a hands-on opportunity to study the natural environment under the direction of experienced educators. Topics include birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, plants, aquatic biology, and geology.
The camp staff includes 16 highly motivated professionals, several of whom have Ph.D. degrees in their fields. Other counselors are college professors, high school natural science teachers, and ecologists, Evening programs feature slide shows, videos, and talks by naturalists from around the state.
The camp is held at Camp Clearfork, a National Forest Service facility in the Ouachita Mountains. Campers sleep in cabins, with adult supervisors assigned to each unit. For the campers’ safety, a nurse is on duty 24 hours a day during the week. Nutritious meals are prepared in a modern kitchen. Daily recreation is provided, including team sports, swimming,fishing, hiking, and canoeing.
WHO MAY APPLY: Any 11 or 12 year old who is seriously interested in learning about the outdoors. Forty-eight first-year campers are selected for each session. Fourteen outstanding campers from previous year are chosen to return for a second year of advanced study.
WHEN & WHERE?: Session One will begin Sunday, June 14 and end Friday, June 19. Session Two will begin Sunday, June 21 and end Friday, June 26. Both sessions will be held at Camp Clearfork, in the Ouachita Mountains, on U.S. Highway 270 about 15 miles west of Hot Springs. Parents bring children to the camp and pick them up when camp is over.
WHAT DOES IT COST: The fee for each camper, first-year or advanced, is $275. While it costs in excess of $400 per student to run the camp, the Arkansas Audubon Society subsidizes the rest of the expense. in addition, some partial and full scholarships are available in case of need. Each camper receives a field guide and a T-shirt.