Appalachian Mountain Ecology Summer Camp
Spend a week in the rich, green forests of the Appalachian Mountains—known as the most significant biodiversity “hotspot”. Work with researchers to investigate one of its most diverse and secretive inhabitants—salamanders and explore their relationship to water quality in the region.
This field research course offers you a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and amazing biodiversity of the Appalachian forests. You will partner with researchers and professionals from KY Headwaters to explore the relationships between salamander species and local watershed health. Using this collected data and other related investigations you develop your own field investigation. In the evenings, you will participate in Appalachian folks arts, STEM career activities as well as recreational free time. After completing your field investigations, you will check out the water quality up close and personal with a kayaking trip.
Camp is limited to 20 students sponsored by Gear Up. Target age range is 15-17 year olds. All meals and accommodations will be at Pine Mountain Settlement School, a National Historic Landmark with an 800 acre campus, miles of trails, farm-fresh food, and stone-and-timber buildings. You will be housed in the newly renovated West Wind dormitory and have your meals in the Laurel House Dining Hall.
Check out Pine Mountain’s website for pictures and details, https://www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com/.
Camp Dates: July 21-26