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What is the NatureWay Summer Camp?

NatureWay is a free day camp for elementary school children (ages 6-10) co-led by the Student Environmental Education Coalition, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. NatureWay aims to stimulate interest in STEM fields through unique and engaging lessons/activities, especially in the context of the natural environment. To accomplish, we:

  • Integrate academic lessons with safe hands-on activities, like learning how to identify flora by exploring nearby nature trails or learning about aquatic organisms by bringing in live sea stars
  • Invite accomplished guest speakers who work in scientific or environmental fields
  • Help campers pursue their own individual projects, such as testing a creek's water quality, writing a letter to the governor, analyzing soil samples, and more

Who runs the program?

In terms of administration, all of the counselors are top students selected through application (from schools like Harvard, Yale, and NCSSM). We've chosen outgoing counselors that are qualified to teach topics including Earth science, aquatic ecology, environmental engineering, and more. Many past campers are returning partly because they enjoyed spending time with older students who served as role models, particularly for girls and minorities interested in STEM. Furthermore, NatureWay maintains a low counselor-to-camper ratio in order to ensure proper supervision at all times.

When and where is it?

NatureWay will be held from August 7-11 (Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM) at East Chapel Hill High School. Parents can drop off their children after 8:45 AM and pick them up before 5:15 PM.

Sample Daily Schedule

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