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Ecology College
Grades: 5 - 8

Unravel nature’s web and take part in EDMO™ Ecology College!  This week, campers will explore the dynamic earth systems that are happening all around us.  They will discover how animals, plants and the planet interact, and how humans affect those interactions.  Campers will learn naturalist techniques to measure transpiration, explore habitat inhabitants and tackle pollution.  The earth needs our help – learn how it works so we can work together to protect it!

21st Century & SEL Skill Focus: Flexibility, Initiative, Empathy, Problem Solving, Collaboration

Fun Fact. In 2018, there was a 30% increase in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills developed for those who attended two weeks of Camp EDMO™ and a 39% increase for returning EDMO™ families over new families!

 

Sample Projects

Visualizing Transpiration

Visualizing Transpiration

Campers will be testing transpiration, or the process by which plants release water from their leaves, in urban and vegetative environments to see the often hidden effects of the urban heat islands in our cities.  They will set up an experiment to measure the rate at which plants give off water, which is an indicator of plant and ecosystem health.

Campers will learn about plant metabolism, including transpiration, and how plants exhibit behavior, just like animals! They will also learn how ecologists and plant scientists study these behaviors to assess aspects of ecosystem function.

Habitat Architects

Habitat Architects

Campers will use maker materials such as pvc pipe, egg cartons and cardboard to engineer habitats for various arthropods!  They’ll monitor habitats to see which arthropods prefer each environment, and may even identify some niche specialists.

Campers will learn about the difference between niche specialists and generalists, as well as the identity of some common arthropods.  Campers will also learn how to conduct a scientific study, set up experimental plots and collect meaningful data.

Discovering Diversity

Discovering Diversity

Campers will set up an experiment to sample plant diversity in different areas and identify the species that live there. They will also see how ecologists use plant diversity to estimate habitat health.

Campers will learn how to identify plants and what some of the common plant species in our parks are called.  They will also learn about the importance of species diversity and some of the impact human activity can have on that diversity.

Field Trips

We work to curate exciting and diverse field trips that align with each weekly theme! Our Field Trip Instructors support our enrichment curriculum off site by bridging concepts of the week with experiences in the field.

Take a look at some of the Field Trips that our EDMO Pro (5th-8th) grade campers might be taking!

Sample Schedule

  • A Day in the Life...

Some kids thrive on routines and harmony. Others not so much. Good news! We’ve found the secret recipe that works for all EDMO campers!

Day/Time Click Each Activity Below to Learn More
8:00-9:00AM AM Program

During our EDMO Pro AM Program, campers will have time in the “Hang Time” room with access to music, games, computers, and maker supplies.  The AM Program allows campers time to engage and wake up for the day.

8:50-9:00AM Drop-Off

Be greeted by name or a high five by a professional staff member…dressed in a mermaid costume or a Viking hat. In a hurry? Pull up and we’ll open the door for you. In no rush? Park your car, come right in and shake your counselor’s fin.

9:00-9:30AM Opening Huddle

Your morning Huddle will get your gears spinning and your thoughts pumping.  Get to know your fellow campers and jump start the day with games, high fives and jokes.

9:30-10:30AM (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) Enrichment

During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects.

9:30AM - 2:30PM (typically Wednesday) Field Trip

Once a week, typically Wednesdays, our EDMO Pro campers take an adventure on a chartered bus to local museums, businesses or organizations that relate to each theme.

9:30AM-2:30PM (Friday) All Camp Hike/Activity

Each Friday our camp staff plan and design a special all camp game or hike! This could be a group relay, love for outdoor adventure, camp capture the flag, water games, etc. This changes weekly and parents will be notified if there are any special instructions for the week.

10:30-10:45AM Snack

Active minds lead to hungry bellies! Don’t forget to pack a healthy snack for your camper every morning…with no nuts of course! Remember: If you ordered a delicious lunch you automatically receive a healthy morning snack!

10:45-11:45AM (Tuesday) Real Talk/Hike

Each day EDMO Pro campers will have a half hour of team building, leadership, social emotional learning and instruction in environmental stewardship; all set amongst the natural beauty of our parks. Park campers will take hikes that showcase the nature of the region and foster trail etiquette and a love for outdoor adventure.

10:45-11:45AM (Monday/Thursday) Enrichment

During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects.

11:45-12:30PM Lunch

Lunch available at your location?  It’s a snap to add a delicious lunch each day! Just click/check the lunch box on your enrollment form and a quality lunch will be delivered to camp daily. Packing you own lunch? Please just do not bring any products that contain: cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, pine nuts, walnuts or heaven forbid, the “‘Mother of All Nut Allergies”—the peanut.

10:45-11:45AM (Monday) Real Talk/Hike

Each day EDMO Pro campers will have a half hour of team building, leadership, social emotional learning and instruction in environmental stewardship; all set amongst the natural beauty of our parks. Park campers will take hikes that showcase the nature of the region and foster trail etiquette and a love for outdoor adventure.

12:30-2:30PM Enrichment

During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects.

12:30-2:30PM (Thursday) Hike/Real time

Each day EDMO Pro campers will have a half hour of team building, leadership, social emotional learning and instruction in environmental stewardship; all set amongst the natural beauty of our parks. Park campers will take hikes that showcase the nature of the region and foster trail etiquette and a love for outdoor adventure.

2:40-3:00PM Closing Huddle

Closing Huddle is your daily wrap up!  This is the part of the day when you can really let your campy side out with songs, skits and improv! Make sure you save all of your projects before you’re rolling on the floor laughing! #roll

3:00-3:15PM Pick-Up

Have your camper check themselves out and/or pull up or walk up, whichever you fancy. Either way we’ll make a point to let you know something special about your child’s day.Pull up or walk up, whichever you fancy. Look out for our daily email from the Camp Director detailing the activities at your camp location, along with a reminder to visit EDMO At Home to see what to look forward to tomorrow and suggested activities, books, websites, museum exhibitions, and more ways to keep the curiosity going.

3:15-6:00PM PM Extended Day, PM Snack & Free Play

Need a little more time in your day? Our PM Extended Day Program is a great option. While you’re away, campers can enjoy a little more free time with each other and staff. They’ll also have the option to spend time in the “Hang Time” room with access to music, games, computers, and maker supplies.  PM Extended Day goes from 3 PM – 6 PM but parents can pick up whenever works for them…but no later than 6 PM please! Our staff needs to get home too.

 

“My son entered the camp with trepidation because he felt he was "too old" to attend camp. But after the first day, he came home asking me if he could come back next summer. Now that is amazing!...Thank you for doing what you all do and teaching our children, inspiring them and showing them what summer fun can be!”
– Lori H., Alameda Parent

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