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Grade 5-6 students have last chance this summer to take part in SCORE
Registration for the 2015 SCORE (Science Camps Offers Rewarding Experiences) opened March 1.  
K-6 students attending school in Dundy, Chase and Perkins Counties was given a brochure. They were also sent to area schools, said Camp Director Marla Smith.
Local schools and businesses sponsors also have brochures available and they are on the on the camp website:
SCORE will be headquartered in Imperial the week of June 8-12.
An open house is set for Wednesday, June 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. At 6:00 the public is welcome to visit the Discovery Zone and visit with some of the scientists/presenters. Some of the live animals will also be on site.  Programs by Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery and Wildlife Encounters will highlight the evening events. A Star Party is also planned at 9 p.m. led by Michael Sibbernsen, guest instructor from UNL.
Here are the highlights of the individual camps:
Grade 5-6 on June 8, 9, 10  
Fifth and sixth grade students will spend a day at Open Country Adventures, a day at Swinging Bridge Ranch and a day at Champion Lake and Champion Memorial Park.
At Open Country Adventures, programs will include:         “Rangeland Ecology” with Logan Pribbeno;
“Wildlife of the Prairie” instructed by Khoreen Vetter including “Coyote Calling” techniques demonstrated by Kyle Waggoner;
“Ready, Aim, Fire” taught by Rita and Dave Hogsett.  This session involves safety and target-shooting with BB guns, pellet guns and optional blue rock shooting.      
Michael Sibbernsen will teach “Orienteering, Past and Present” using the stars, compasses, and the GPS.
At Swinging Bridge Ranch, programs will include:
“Archery” taught by Dennis Dahlkoetter and Mitch Hoskovec.  A variety of targets will challenge the beginner to the more advanced shooter.
“Supermarket on the Prairie” taught by Randy Vlasin will enlighten youth to the vast variety of prairie plants and how many of them might help one survive.  A history of how the Native Americans used many of these plants will be highlighted.  
Mark Brogie will return again to teach about Nebraska  birds. Brogie will net birds and demonstrate how they are banded along with many other aspects of birding. Students will learn from one of the leading authorities in  Brogie, Smith said. Brogie has been a part of SCORE since its beginning in 1989.  
“Rattlesnakes and Other Prairie Dwellers” taught by Dr. Dennis Ferraro, who will return for his fourth camp. He will cover identification and safety and demonstrate how he goes about his research collecting data and tagging them.
After camp each day, Dr. Ferraro and a couple of his UNL students will be doing research in the area, collecting data on prairie rattlesnakes.
Kaylene Silvester will guide students through some basics of “Nature Photography,” which will involve using cell phone cameras, I-pads or digital cameras brought by the students.  
The final session at Swinging Bridge will be the “Low Ropes Course,” which will challenge teams, build leadership, problem-solving and teamwork, along with navigating the challenging course.  The instructor is yet to be named, Smith said.
On June 10, the grade 5-6 students will begin their day at Chase County Schools to experience “Animals Around the World” presented by staff from Wildlife Encounters in Gretna.
After that program, students will travel to Champion Lake, where they will learn to fly-fish and kayak. Techniques of fly-fishing will be taught by Kyle Waggoner and Marty Hughes will teach kayaking, which will include an obstacle course.  
Students will also have an opportunity to share their camp photos and receive pointers from Silvester.  
A “River Investigation” guided by Darrol Eichner of the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission and “Pollination Conservation” activities will be led by Heather Francis at the new Pheasants Forever Champion Memorial Park.
Smith said an educational and fun opportunity awaits grade 5-6 youths, noting the 2015 camp will be their last opportunity to attend SCORE.  But, they can always volunteer as seventh and eighth graders, she added.
Students can now register online (preferred) at or by sending in the application in the camp brochure.
Future articles will highlight the other grade-level camps and many of the instructors who will be coming to SCORE.


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