Shangri La’s EcoRangers Summer Camps are designed to actively engage students during the summer months.
Discover a variety of ecosystems, study different critters and engage in many hands-on activities and active games! These camps are focused on fun, science and nature & taught by educators at Shangri La.
All camps have a low student-to-teacher ratio, which enhances hands-on learning in all environments. Depending on the camp, students may explore a variety of ecosystems, study different critters, complete art projects, and engage in many hands-on activities and active games.
Registration dates for 2017 EcoRangers Summer Camps are as follows:
- March 6, 2017: Crescent Members
- March 13, 2017: Star Members
- March 20, 2017: Family Members
- March 27, 2017: All other levels of membership and the General Public*
To learn more about becoming a Stark Cultural Venues’ Member or upgrading an existing membership, CLICK HERE.
REGISTRATION EXTENDED: Deadline is June 23, 2017.
Download the EcoRangers Summer Camps application and waiver – CLICK HERE.
For detailed information about Summer Camps, check out the descriptions below or download the 2-Page Flyer. GATES WILL OPEN AT 8am for STUDENT DROP-OFF.
Registration fees for 2017 EcoRangers Summer Camps are as follows:
- $45: Members
- $60: General Public
*Includes SCV Members at the Student, Senior, Individual and Dual/Couple levels of membership, as well as members of the General Public.
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center 2017 EcoRangers Summer Camps:
- Nature Heroes
- Grades 1 & 2
- July 11 – 14, 2017 (8:30am-Noon)
Come to Shangri La this week to explore the forest and meadow trails, tromp along the swamps and float down the bayou, all in search of the animals that call it home! As a Hero in training, campers will explore the splendor of Shangri La’s wildlife. As campers hike the various habitats at Shangri La they will work towards earning their hero cape and become the heroes that nature needs.
Parents: This is a story-based camp that will engage children’s imaginations while we expand their science literacy. We will learn the basics of ecology and how our actions can have a positive impact on our local environments. We will spend time in our gardens and in the natural areas, and we will take short hikes and enjoy several excursions on Adams Bayou. As in all of our camps, participants will spend 50-70% of the time outdoors doing hands-on science activities and approximately 30% of the time will be spent indoors working on complementary science and craft activities. Costumes are welcome.
- Pow-Wow with Nature
- Grades 3 & 4
- July 18 – 21, 2017 (8:30am-Noon)
Step back in time to when Native Americans lived in the area of Shangri La. Campers will learn to live off the land by building a natural shelter, tracking animals, weaving with natural materials, working with clay, and fishing just as Native Americans did long ago. Campers will even learn about the past by participating in an archaeological dig and speaking the native language. Join our Eco- Ranger Tribe!
Parents: As in all of our camps, participants will spend 50-70% of the time outdoors doing hands-on science activities and approximately 30% of the time will be spent indoors working on complementary science and craft activities.
- Wonderful World of Wings
- Grades 5 & 6
- July 25 – 28, 2017 (8:30am-Noon)
It’s a bird, it’s a bat, it’s a butterfly! During this week discover how and why things in nature use flight. From traveling long distances in migration, hunting or evading a predator to attracting a mate, the use for wings is almost endless. Here at Shangri La we have a multitude of animals that depend on their wings. Campers will investigate, create and test different methods and modes of flight.
Parents: Campers will spend 50-70% of the time outdoors doing hands-on science activities to learn about local habitats, plants and animals. Approximately 30% of the time will be spent indoors working on complementary science and craft activities.
- May the Force of Nature be with You
- Grades 7, 8 & 9
- August 1 – 4, 2017 (8:30am-Noon)
Throughout the Earth, forces of nature are always moving. From shifting tectonic plates, hot and cold air currents colliding, or the transfer of energy. Students will learn through hands-on experiments how these forces of nature have shaped our ever-changing world. Campers will design and fly their own hot air balloons, harness solar power, and study many other elements of nature. The camp will culminate with a bayou trip as we study how Shangri La works to conserve our Earth. The force is strong with this camp!
Parents: As in all of our camps, participants will spend 50-70% of the time outdoors doing hands-on science activities. Approximately 30% of the time will be spent indoors working on complementary science and craft activities.
For more information, contact Shangri La’s Education Department at 409.670.0803.