Watershed Summer Camp

IRWP Watershed Summer Camp Registration is open!

Greetings Campers (and Camper Parents),

We hope you will join us for our Watershed Summer Camp in 2018! 

In order to tailor our curriculum to your camper and to strategically focus on water, watersheds, and conservation stewardship, our program has substantially changed this year. Each week will have different subject-areas and focus on learners of different ages. Please find below a detailed description for each week.

Please also note that the pricing structure has changed and will be based on self-reported household annual income. Pricing will be: 
<$40,000 = $40.00/camper/week
$40,000 - $60,000 = $60.00/camper/week
$60,000 - $90,000 = $90.00/camper/week
>$90,000 = $120.00/camper/week

Additional details:

  • Maximum enrollment for each week of camp will be 40 students.
  • Please have your child bring a sack lunch and water bottle each day. Snacks will be provided.

Please feel free to contact Casey Rector, IRWP Program Manager, with any follow-up questions or for additional information. Casey can be contacted at casey@irwp.org.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you this summer! 

Week 1: June 11 to 15, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Ages 7 to 9 year olds

Tentative Schedule:

  • Water Cycle: Creating the water cycle in a jar
  • Clean Earth: Creating new paper out of recycled paper
  • Habitat and Animals: Designing an aquatic habitat
  • Soils: Creating a wormery
  • Water Quality: Collecting and learning to identify streambed critters (macroinvertebrates)

A field trip to a local farm will take place on Wednesday. Campers will visit local Osage Creek to collect streambed critters and learn about aquatic habitat (as well as play in the stream!). They'll also learn about local farming, as agriculture is an important land use in our watershed. 

Each day, campers will create a poster specific to the concept of that day, with a poster contest on the last day. We will have a guest speaker each day from local organizations that work on water quality in Northwest Arkansas. Each child will have a break at the end of each day to reflect and journal on what they have learned. 

Week 2: June 25 to 29, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Ages 9+ years old
Week 3: July 9 to 13, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Ages 9+ years old
Week 4: July 23 to 27, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Ages 9+ years old

Tentative Topics:

  • Scientific Method: Learn to follow the scientific method from beginning to end.
  • Developing Experiments: Campers will develop an experiment and then present their findings in a science fair format on the last day.
  • Wetlands: Campers will learn about wetland ecology and spend the day constructing a floating wetland to be used on the lake at IRWP's Watershed Sanctuary. 
  • Ecological Assessment and Water Quality: Campers will learn how to conduct habitat, aquatic biological, and water quality assessments. 

Students will take two field trips: 
1. Campers will travel to local Osage Creek to conduct assessment methods learned at IRWP's Watershed Sanctuary.
2. Campers will practice conservation stewardhip by participating in a creek clean-up. 

We will have a guest speaker each day from local organizations that work on water quality in Northwest Arkansas.


Which week will your camper be attending?

Your camper will need to bring a lunch every day.

If you have any questions about your registration, please contact us at contact@irwp.org.