The Arkansas Audubon Society Halberg Ecology Camp is normally held each June at Camp Clearfork, a U.S. Forest Service camp between Hot Springs and Mt. Ida. Due to a water supply issue at Camp Clearfork the one June 2022 session for first-year campers may have to be held at the Ozark Natural Science Center in Huntsville, Arkansas. As of May 5 a final decision on which location will be used has not been made.
Because Covid forced the cancelation of camp in both 2020 and 2021, there will be a single session for 48 first-year campers held from Sunday June 19 through Friday June 24. Youth who are just completing the 5th, 6th or 7th grades are eligible to apply. The application for the 2022 camp session is being readied, and will be available soon.
First-year campers experience a variety of subjects including ornithology, aquatic biology, mammalogy, botany, entomology, geology and herpetology.
Camp students arrive on Sunday 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 class of 8-10 campers. Instructors are college and high school natural science teachers along with self-taught naturalists. Also on staff is a full-time registered nurse.
A typical day for campers would include early morning walks to identify birds and other critters out early in the day, breakfast, both indoor and outdoor hands-on classes before and after lunch, and dinner.
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