~ Session 1: July 29-August 2, 2019 ~ Session 2: August 5-9, 2019 ~
Along with registration, please fill out a permission form. You may fill it out either through a google form or on paper, whichever is easiest for you.
This summer, NatureWay will be held at
THE CHAPEL HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY (100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill). This is the same as the 2018 location!
Parents can drop off their children after 8:45 AM and pick them up before 5:15 PM.
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. 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. We also invite accomplished guest speakers who work in scientific or environmental fields and 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. If you have any questions, please contact us for more information!
Who We Are
In terms of administration, all of the counselors are top local high school students 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.
8:45 AM-9:00 AM Drop-off
9:00 AM-10:30 AM Interactive lesson and first activity on first topic
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Snack
11:00 AM-12:30 PM Second activity and wrap-up to morning lesson
12:30 PM-1:45 PM Lunch/outside play
1:45 PM-3:15 PM Interactive lesson and first activity on second topic
3:15 PM-3:45 PM Snack
3:45 PM-5:00 PM Second activity and wrap-up to afternoon lesson
5:00 PM-5:15 PM Pick-up
In addition our normal lessons, we host a speaker from the EPA and play a fun game to see what we've learned at the end of the week!
Topics covered in lessons include Climate Change, Energy, Air/Water Pollution, Conservation Ecology, Environmental Engineering, Sustainability, E-waste, Earth Science, Overpopulation, and Evolution.