Campers will spend half of their day going on field trips to local science-related venues such as the Saint Louis Zoo, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Powder Valley Nature Center, Shaw’s Arboretum, Riverlands Ecology Area, fossil collecting locations, Mastodon State Park, and utilization of the Priory Outdoor area.  The other half of the day will be spent in the laboratory at Priory doing “hands-on” lab activities in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Earth Science. Students should bring a sack lunch from home on the first day of camp and on the other days they can either bring a lunch or buy one at the field trip sites.

Note:          Enrollment is limited to 12 students.
                   A minimum enrollment of 5 students is necessary to hold the camp.    

TIME:        9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily
DURATION:    1 week
Monday, June 18 - Friday, June 22
FEE:        $225 per week


This class will investigate the power of observation through the use of scientific field notebooks.  In this class students will spend about ½ of their time in the field on Priory’s expansive campus and ½ their time in the classroom.  In the classroom, students will learn how to properly keep a scientific field notebook and conduct research based on drawings completed in the field.  Students, while in the field, will generate scientifically identifiable sketches of animals, plants, and fungi, as well as, symbiotic relationships between organisms.  Remember, Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution was deduced from his time in the field.  Darwin retraced his magnificent voyage and unraveled the origin of species using fossil evidence and his awe inspiring and highly detailed field observations and sketches.   

TIME:    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. daily
DURATION:    1 week
Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 15
FEE:        $145

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