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Texas State offers Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp for teens, preteens

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
June 14, 2013

Water sampling at Sessom Creek

Campers collect water samples from Sessom Creek.

The Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center at Texas State University is offering the Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp for students ages 9-15.

Week-long sessions are held trough June and July, and two day camp sessions are offered in July and August.

Students in the week-long sessions stay in a dorm on the Texas State campus. Mornings are devoted to activities involving aquatic biology and water chemistry. Students collect aquatic organisms from ponds, creeks and an artesian well on the university campus and participate in microscope labs to observe what they collect. Students learn to perform tests for dissolved oxygen, pH and temperature. Students also participate in a glass-bottom boat ride at Aquarena Center and are given an introductory scuba lesson at a local dive facility.

Afternoons are devoted to activities such as tubing the San Marcos River, swimming, fishing, a trip to Schlitterbahn or rafting on the Guadalupe River, and a trip to Natural Bridge Caverns. Students in the day camp perform all of the educational activities that are covered in the week-long camp as well as the scuba lesson and glass-bottom boat ride.

The Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp has been held at Texas State since 1988. For more information, call (512) 245-2329 or visit the web site at www.eardc.txstate.edu/education-center/camp.html.