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Lake Thoreau Environmental Center

Living in the Longleaf Camp

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When: July 15 - 17, 2024

Who: Rising 3rd through 6th Grade Students

Cost: $150 or $125 (BYO lunch), Friends of Lake Thoreau: $125 or $115 (BYO lunch)

This is the only camp that we do every single year.  This camp will focus on one of the most endangered habitats in the United States, the Longleaf Pine Savanna. Students will learn through hands-on activities while immersed in some of the oldest Longleaf stands in the state! Each day, we will learn about the habitats surrounding south Mississippi and compare these beautiful places to those around the world. We will get to interact with several endangered species in this ecosystem and learn more about how we can help them. This camp will be a perfect opportunity for students to learn about natural history and conservation, describe how fire plays an important role in the Gulf Coast, and build on teamwork through several exciting games and activities throughout the week. We’ll learn about all the animals, plants, and fungi that call this place home, see several native species, and learn how this incredible habitat shaped Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

If all of that 'book learning' sounds boring, we also get to see live animals in the forest, play with fire-fighting equipment, and set things on fire (very specific things BTW; we're not insane).

This camp is a 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.

Living in the Longleaf Camp - Online Registration Form

For more information, please contact Rachel Spiers at rachel.spiersFREEMississippi

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