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.

We are busy in the planning stage for the 2024 camps! Our tentative dates for junior sessions will be June 9-14 and 16-21 (to be approved by the Forest Service late Feb/early March), and are for students that will have just complete 5th or 6th grade at the time of camp. Senior camp is by invitation only. 

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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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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