Halberg Ecology Camp

Halberg Ecology Camp

The Arkansas Audubon Society Halberg Ecology Camp is held each June at Camp Clearfork, a U.S. Forest Service camp between Hot Springs and Mt. Ida. In 2001 the camp added a second annual session with each June session having capacity for up to 50 first-year campers who have just completed the 5th or 6th grades and 12 second-year campers. First-year campers experience a variety of subjects including ornithology, aquatic biology, mammalogy, entomology, geology and herpetology.  Second-year campers study advanced ecology.

The camp students arrive on Sunday afternoon and leave Friday morning. So what happens in between? The staff includes a director, assistant director and a teaching staff of 12 instructors (including several with Ph.D.s).  Two instructors work as a teaching team with a group of 8-10 youth.  Instructors are college and high school natural science teachers along with self-taught naturalists. Also on staff are a full-time registered nurse plus an activities director to coordinate recreational activities. The kitchen staff prepares nutritious food that also tastes good! We get a lot of positive comments from camp students about the food before they leave.

Halberg Ecology CampA typical day for campers would include early morning walks (to identify birds and other critters out early in the day), breakfast in the dining hall, both indoor and outdoor hands-on classes, recreation including a lake with canoes and swimming in late afternoon and then a common evening meal in the dining hall followed by a guest speaker. Evening programs include wildlife rehabilitators, folk musicians (who happen to also teach ornithology one week!) and others.

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DIRECTIONS TO CAMP CLEARFORK - To reach the Halberg Ecology Camp at Camp Clearfork, take U.S. 270 west of Hot Springs to Crystal Springs. From Crystal Springs the camp is located about 2.6 miles further west on U.S. 270 at the entrance to the camp. The GPS coordinates to the camp entrance are: 34.514602 N, -93.383184 W

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