High School Science Camps – Southwest Biology

BySternberg Museum

High School Science Camps – Southwest Biology

Southwest Biology Camp

 July 8th – 14th

Interested in modern organisms and ecosystems? The Southwest Biology Camp (SBC) students will take a trip to New Mexico to work with biologists on ongoing bat research! Using professional tools and techniques, we will investigate insect, fish, mammal, bird, reptile, and plant communities and populations. These investigations will include capturing and documenting diversity of organisms, and collecting GPS data on captures which will be incorporated into a Sternberg Museum biological specimen database. Students will have the opportunity to use Sherman traps to catch rodents, survey birds using a spotting scope, hunt for scorpions using UV lights, perform nocturnal animal surveys using spotlights, and net bats, among other unique field lessons and activities. In 2015, students documented ten different bat species during our netting surveys!
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Overarching themes of the SBC will include critical thinking skills, use of the scientific method, understanding the process of biological evolution through natural selection, ecology, and generating an informed argument through the use of evidence. The SBC is designed to be an immersive learning experience for students interested in biology and ecology. Our goal is to make sure any student planning to pursue a career in life science will leave our camp with relevant, practical skills and knowledge they can apply in their future coursework.
Fees are $600 per member, and $660 per non-member.

‘Although I have always been interested in science, I have been unsure about which path I want to pursue in college. This trip cemented my interest in biology and showed me that majoring in Biology in college would be interesting and rewarding. We met several biologists on the trip, each of whom had a wide range of skills and interests, like me. In the past, I have had difficulty finding a career area that allows me the flexibility that I want, but biology, between field work, research, and teaching opportunities, presents many different outlets for my interests and effort. Similarly, the friends I made on the trip shared many of the same passions as me. I was able to discuss and explore biology on a much deeper level than I am able to with my friends from school. It was wonderful to be around people who were thoroughly interested in and devoted to a field of study. I loved the entire camp and learned much more about myself, my peers, and biology, and this has been extremely valuable in planning my future.’

Maggie Wolf (2016 participant)

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‘My son has attended the Sternberg Science camps for the past three years. He will tell you they are the highlight of his year. The staff go above and beyond to introduce the campers to concepts and hands-on-experiences that they might not otherwise have. I feel blessed to have access to a program that has grown our son’s love of Science.’

Dana Stanton (parent)