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Lake Thoreau Environmental Center

Longleaf Literature Camp


June 12 - June 16, 2017

Rising 3rd through 6th Grade Students

Cost: $250 or $225 (without lunch provided)

Friends of Lake Thoreau receive either a 10% or 20% discount!

We are all about longleaf pine forests at Lake Thoreau!  This year we are taking a different approach to introducing kids to longleaf pine forests by seeing the forests through the eyes of the characters in the young adult novel Longleaf by Roger Reid.  Mr. Reid is the writer, director, and producer for the Emmy Award Winning Discovering Alabama public television series and is an avid outdoorsman.  The editor's note for Longleaf from reads "When 14-year-old Jason Caldwell goes camping with his scientist parents, all he expects is peace and quiet. But before they arrive, Jason has already been the witness to a crime, and soon he'll find himself lost among the very longleaf pines that his parents hoped to study. Now Jason--and his new forest-smart friend Leah--will have to use all their knowledge of the outdoors to outwit a trio of villains and make it home safe." Longleaf is set in the Conecuh National Forest in south Alabama.  Each day campers will read a portion of Longleaf and then we will visit similar habitats and locales described in the book (gopher tortoise colonies, pitcher plant bogs, etc.).  As the week progresses campers will collaboratively write a new adventure story set in Desoto National Forest. Each camper will receive their very own copy of Longleaf.

This summer camp is a Monday-Friday, day camp hosted at the Lake Thoreau Environmental Center. Check-in will be between 7:30 and 8:30 A.M. each day, and checkout   will occur between 4:45 and 5:30 P.M.

Longleaf Literature Camp - Online Registration Form

For more information, please contact Mike Davis at (601) 520-1038 or at mike.davisFREEMississippi