The Arkansas Audubon Society Halberg Ecology Camp is normally held each June at Camp Clearfork, a U.S. Forest Service camp between Hot Springs and Mt. Ida. 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.
Finding Camp Clearfork