VCU Rice Rivers Center will be bringing back our popular summer camps and adding two additional camps for 2019!
In partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the VCU Outdoor Adventure Program, the VCU Rice Rivers Center offers summer field courses for middle and high school students.
2019 Go Fish! dates are here!
Students will learn about fishing, fish biology and aquatic ecosystems in this exciting, week-long day camp. Students will get a chance to cast lures for smallmouth and largemouth bass, stalk wily fish in clear, cool forested streams and angle for a chance at doing battle with bluefish or striped bass. All fishing tackle is provided. Open to rising 6th grade through rising 9th grade students.
Dates: August 5 - 9, 2019, $330 per student.
Download 2019 Go Fish registration form
Please contact David Hopler at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
This full-day course begin each day at 8:30 to 9 a.m. and end at 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The saltwater fishing day on Thursday is generally longer. Students must be dropped off and picked up each day from the VCU Monroe Park Campus in Richmond, Virginia. Students are required to bring lunch each day and dress appropriately for field activities. All other course materials and supplies are provided. Courses will include classroom activities on days when inclement weather prevents field outings.
NEW! Go Fish! advanced class
We are offering an advanced class this summer for older and more experienced campers. This class will have a smaller enrollment than our regular Go Fish week. The small class size will allow for more diverse fishing destinations. In addition to our most popular destinations, students will get a chance to fish for mountain trout and a variety of saltwater species. All gear is provided. Open to rising 9th graders and older.
Dates: July 29-August 2 2019, $400 per student.
Contact Dave Hopler at email@example.com for additional information.
This full-day course begins each day at 8:30 to 9 a.m. and ends at 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The saltwater fishing day and trout fishing days will require much earlier departures and/or a later return. Students must be dropped off and picked up each day from the VCU Monroe Park Campus in Richmond, Virginia. Students are required to bring lunch each day and dress appropriately for field activities. All other course materials and supplies are provided. Courses will include classroom activities on days when inclement weather prevents field outings.
OAP and Rice Rivers Center add two new camps for 2019
VCU Rice Rivers Center, in partnership with VCU Rec Sports Outdoor Adventure Program, will be bringing back our popular day and overnight camps, as well as adding additional opportunities for a younger audience and those who wish to spend their Spring Break outdoors.
As an introduction to VCU Rice Rivers Center and the Outdoor Adventure Program, please join us for our Spring Family Day on Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. The entire family can participate in some of the activities students will enjoy while at camp, and can staff and researchers will be there to answer questions.
Spring Break Camp (NEW!):
We are excited to offer a spring break camp for middle school students at the Rice Rivers Center! We will explore the natural world through science and spend plenty of time outdoors at VCU’s 350 research campus on the James River.
For grades 4-8
Dates: April 1-5, 2019
Learn more and register for the Spring Break Camp
Rice Rivers Center Nature Camp:
Our summer Nature Camp at the Rice Rivers Center returns! We will explore the natural world through hands on science at VCU’s river campus and spend plenty of time adventuring outdoors. Along with learning about the James River watershed, we will meet researchers from the prothonotary warbler team (Team Warbler) and the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program. Join us at our beautiful 350 acre campus on the James River.
For rising 6-8th grade students
Dates: June 17-21; July 15-19, 2019
Learn more and register for the Rice Rivers Center Nature Camp
Rice Rivers Center Jr. Nature Camp (NEW!):
By popular demand, we are able to offer the same summer Nature Camp at the Rice Rivers Center to younger aspiring scientists! We will learn about plants and trees in our watershed, check out bald eagle and osprey nests, and learn to explore by canoe.
For rising 4-5th grade students
Dates: June 24-28, 2019
Learn more and register for the Rice Rivers Center Jr. Nature Camp
LEAP on to the James:
Join the OAP for LEAP (Leadership Environment and Adventure Program) on the James River. This four-day overnight program is for adventurous high school students who are ready to push their leadership skills and develop their outdoor competence. We will paddle down the James from Richmond to the Rice Rivers Center, stopping at conservation areas along the way. Students will learn about river ecology, cultural history, and develop leadership and outdoor skills that will stay with participants beyond their time on the river. No prior paddling experience is necessary, and there will be an informational meeting before the start of the trip to introduce students and instructors.
For rising 9-11th grade students
Dates: July 8-11; July 22-25, 2019
Day camp information:
Camps are at Rice Rivers Center and begin promptly at 9 a.m. and will end at 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
A courtesy shuttle will be available between the Monroe Park campus and Rice Rivers Center. Students can be dropped off at Monroe Park at 8:00 a.m. to be transported to Rice Rivers Center, and will leave the center at 3:00 p.m. to return to the Monroe Park campus by 3:45 p.m.
Early drop off/late pick-up:
Arrangements are available to provide parents access to drop their camper off as early as 7 a.m. and pick them up as late as 5 p.m.
Learn more and register for LEAP onto the James
For additional information visit recsports.vcu.edu
or email Katie Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org