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The wild wonders of your own backyard

A camper attending Penn State's SCIENCE-U Ecology Camp displayed a portion of a rats skull she had found while dissecting an owl pellet during an activity held at the Arboretum at Penn State on the morning of July 16. The pellets are regurgitated from an owl's digestive track and a variety of undigested treasures can be found including bones and fur. Image: Patrick Mansell
A camper attending Penn State's SCIENCE-U Ecology Camp displayed a portion of a rats skull she had found while dissecting an owl pellet during an activity held at the Arboretum at Penn State on the morning of July 16. The pellets are regurgitated from an owl's digestive track and a variety of undigested treasures can be found including bones and fur. Image: Patrick Mansell
July 26, 2013

Catching fireflies and looking for lizards are standard summer activities for kids. Ecology Camp: The Wild Wonders of your own Backyard, hosted by Science-U, gave students in grades four-seven a chance to learn more about those wonders. Campers spent a week traveling to local wildlife locations within Centre County to study species, hike through the woods and meadows, search for salamanders, turtles and other insects, birds, fish, and animal species.Jessica Savage, left, guided a SCIENCE-U, Ecology Camp student as he made his way up a tree at the Arboretum at Penn State on the morning of July 16.

The campers learned about the connection that local fluora and fauna have with energy consumption and the footprint we leave behind. Each day a "creature feature" and other opportunities to discuss and study note guides and connect concepts regarding ecology were on the students' to-do lists.

The camp ran from July 15 - 19. Fees and registrations for future camps are available on the Science-U site. Other opportunities for students include: Busted! Myth meets Science; H2-Uh, Oh!; Science Leadership: The Elements of Innovation, and much more.

Campers connecting with local flora and fauna.

Science-U, under the Eberly College of Science, strives to advance science literacy in youth through the sharing and discovery of scientific knowledge within the intellectual foundations at Penn State. Their chief goal is to educate and inspire students, encourage critical thinking, and prepare the to become responsible, skilled, and caring citizens, as well as capable scientists and teachers when faced with tomorrow's challenges. 

 

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