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Summer camps for students

VCU Rice Rivers Center will be bringing back two popular summer camps and adding two additional camps for 2018!

In partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the VCU Rice Rivers Center offers summer field courses for middle and high school students. 

These full-day courses begin each day at 8:30 to 9 a.m. and end at 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 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.

Registration information for Go Fish! and Virginia Stream Team can be found by downloading our Summer camp registration form for 2018.  

 

2018 Go Fish! dates released

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. 

The cost for each session is $330 per child. We advise registering early, as space is limited. Please contact David Hopler at hoplerjrda@vcu.edu for additional information.

2018 Camp Dates:

July 23 - 27, 2018
July 30 - August 3, 2018

 

2018 Virginia Stream Team dates released

Join our Virginia Stream Team as we investigate some of Virginia’s fascinating waters. You’ll canoe the James River, help to restore a damaged stream and learn how the search for “fool’s gold” during the Civil War turned a normal creek bright orange!

As an environmental scientist, you will collect water chemistry data, study fish, aquatic insects and underwater vegetation, and determine how healthy our freshwater ecosystems are. Don’t miss this fun week of investigating the wonderful world under water.  Open to rising 6th grade through rising 9th grade students. 

The cost for the session is $300. We advise regiserting early, as space is early. Please contact David Hopler at hoplerjrda@vcu.edu for additional information. 

2018 Camp Dates:

July 16 - 20, 2018

 

New for 2018

River better through adventures on the water.

Rice Rivers Center is excited to team up with the VCU Outdoor Adventure Program to bring you a new breed of summer camps this year! We will explore the natural world and the field of environmental science while also getting to know the James river better through adventures on the water.

Rice Rivers Center Nature Camp

​Our brand new Rice Rivers Center Nature Camp is a day camp for middle school age students at the Rice Rivers Center. We will have a variety of activities each day including stream science projects and canoeing along the James River and the recently restored Kimages Creek. Throughout the week we will be joined by folks who are part of the VCU Prothonotary Warblers research team and folks from the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program (VOSRP).  This camp will be during the day only and a shuttle from the university will be available if needed. 

These full day courses begin each day at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m; optional earlier drop off and later drop off times can be provided if needed. The cost for each session is $330 per child and are open to children ages 9 - 12. We advise registering early, as space is limited. 

2018 Camp Dates:
June 25 - 29, 2018
July 16 - 20, 2018
July 30 - August 3, 2018

 

Junior Journey on the James!

Our Junior Journey on the James is an overnight camp for middle school age students that will follow a portion of the VCU course Footprints on the James. During this camp we will be paddle from Osborne Park to Shirley Plantation, staying overnights at Dutch Gap Conservation Area, Presquile National Wildlife Refuge, and the Rice Rivers Center. We will learn about the James river ecology, cultural history, and get to explore tidal creeks along the way!

These week-long courses begin on Monday morning and end on Friday afternoon. The cost for each session is $600 per child if registered prior to May 10; after May 10, the cost increases to $800 per child. The overnight camp is open to children ages 10 - 13. Gear, transportation, and food for five days are provided in the cost. We advise registering early, as space is limited.  

2018 Camp Dates:
July 9 - 13, 2018
July 23 - 27, 2018

More information and registration can be found at the RecSports  website or you can contact Katie Schmidt at schmidtkv@vcu.edu for more information.

 

 
 
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