Third and fourth graders attending this summer’s SCORE (Science Camps Offer Rewarding Experiences) will have a variety of activities, including shark dissection.
Their camp week June 10-12 starts at Chase County Schools where they will attend programs presented by Fontenelle Forest with live falcons, owls and hawks and “Animals Around the World” presented by Wildlife Encounters with live exotic animals.
Other programs that day include a demonstration of a shark dissection by Michael Sibbernsen; an Animal Safari presented by the Riverside Zoo; and the Discovery Zone, which includes a variety of science activities, live animals and games with interaction between instructors and students.
Team challenges will conclude their first day which will build children’s skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork and leadership.
On Thursday, June 11, at Champion Lake, learning all about animals is the theme of the day. Students will explore mollusks, invertebrates, insects, amphibians and reptiles, fish, birds and mammals. Instructors include Mark and Ellen Brogie, Riverside Zoo staff, Wildlife Encounters staff, Dr. Robert Diffendal, Julie Fraley of the NE Game & Parks Commission, Josh Mead, Khoreen Vetter and many live animal guests including a petting zoo.
Grade 3-4 campers return to Champion Lake on Friday, June 12, where learning all about plants is the day’s theme.
Activities are being finalized, said Camp Director Marla Smith, but scheduled sessions so far include kayaking; plant chemistry; rangeland plants and yucca; pollinators; “Root, Stem, Seed, Leaf or Flower = Plants-Yummy;” mud-ball planting; plant hydrology; and building a biosphere with a live algae-eating Amano shrimp.
Instructors include Mark and Ellen Brogie, Marty Hughes, Logan Pribbeno, Joel Grosbach, Nate Jenkins of the URNRD, Heather Francis and Khoreen Vetter.
Participants and volunteers will need to provide their own lunches during the grade 3-4 camp. Snacks will be provided by SCORE. Water is always available and students will also be given a water bottle, donated by the Imperial Rotary Club, and a lunch bag.
There will be numerous volunteers to help with the kayaking, fishing and other activities, Smith added. A life guard and nurse are also present at the camp.
Anyone who would like to volunteer can contact Chelsea Zuege at:
Also, we have students in need of scholarships. Anyone who would like to help sponsor a child to camp, can contact Kim Spady at:
. Full or partial scholarships can be sponsored, Smith said.
SCORE is presented by the Chase County Schools Education Foundation, now in its 26th year of providing exciting educational opportunities for children, Smith said.
Registrations are now underway. Forms are available at area schools or students can be registered online at: www.scorecamp.com.
Open house June 10
Children and adults of all ages are welcome to attend the open house on Wednesday, June 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. They will enjoy the Discovery Zone, meet scientists, observe numerous animals and attend the Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery and the Wildlife Encounters programs. There is also a Star Party planned for 9 p.m., Smith said.
SCORE open to grades 1-6
SCORE registration is for grades 1-6 only (grade during 2014-15 school year). In a recent story, it was incorrectly stated that this year’s kindergartners could attend. According to Camp Director Marla Smith, kindergartners do not receive brochures. It’s not that they wouldn’t be able to enjoy the camp, there just isn’t room, she said. The grades 1-4 camps are already half full in the 20 days registration has been open.