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reasons to join us this summer
STUDY NATURE UP CLOSE
Each session offers campers a hands-on opportunity to study the natural environment under the direction of experienced educators! Topics include birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, plants, aquatic biology and geology.
The instructors include professors, natural science teachers, graduate students and ecologists. Evening programs feature talks by naturalists from around the state.
EXPLORE & PLAY
We offer numerous recreation activities including canoeing, swimming, hiking, volleyball and ping-pong!
An Activities Director oversees the waterfront and evening educational activities. Two certified lifeguards are on duty during the afternoon swim.
For campers’ safety, a registered nurse is on duty 24 hours a day.
The camp is held at Camp Clearfork, a National Forest Service facility in the Ouachita Mountains that gets rave reviews from camp staff and others for its biological diversity that allows the staff to show campers a variety of habitats and natural disciplines. There are two one-week sessions of the camp held here in mid-June every year.
10 – 12 campers are assigned to each of 6 rustic cabin, with two counselors assigned to each cabin. Three of the cabins are designated for boys while the other three cabins are designated for girls. Each cabin has a staff members who sleeps in the cabins with the campers.
Delicious meals made from scratch are prepared for all by the Kitchen Director and staff. Meals include vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Efforts are made to accommodate campers with food allergies or intolerances. Fresh fruits and/or vegetables are available at every meal. Sustainable practices (recycling, waste reduction) are employed in the kitchen.
A typical day for campers would include early morning walks (to identify birds and other critters out early in the day), breakfast in the dining hall, both indoor and outdoor hands-on classes, recreation including a lake with canoes and swimming in late afternoon and then a common evening meal in the dining hall followed by a guest speaker. Guest speakers include naturalists like Lynne Slater of Russellville, a rehabilitator with HAWK (Helping Arkansas Wild “Kritters”), who does an evening presentation on rehabilitating birds, and Don Simons, interpreter at Mt. Magazine State Park.
Funding comes from student tuition ($350 per camper) or from scholarships, both full and partial, given by a number of Audubon chapters and other nature groups and individuals from across the state. Therefore, there is some assistance available for those families with financial needs. In effect, every student gets at least a partial scholarship as it actually cost the Ecology Camp about $460 per camper to hold June’s camp session.
If you would like to help support the Halberg Ecology Camp, send your check to Treasurer, Ecology Camp, 804 Konrad Court, Little Rock, AR 72223-9201. We are a 501(c) Non-Profit, so donations are tax exempt!