Lake McMurtry Outdoor Adventure camp is designed to foster environmental stewardship among our youth. At camp we engage children by using outdoor fun to create pathways for lessons in environmental education, ecology, team building, and much more! All camp sessions are designed by professional educators and are perfect for the young and curious. Camp is entirely outdoors and consists of a wide variety of activities. Each day at camp will be an outdoor adventure filled with numerous opportunities for hands on learning.
Each week includes a new outdoor adventure! REGISTRATION OPENS APRIL 1st, 2019!
Nature Observing June 4th - June 8th
Restore the act of seeing the world during a week of nature noticing excursions. Campers learn about conservation science through hands-on investigations of aquatic ecosystems, insects, wildflowers, and much more!
Park Science June 11th - June 15th
Campers of all ages become park scientists engaged in weather observing, repeat photography, and wildlife watching. By taking part in everyday science, campers gain appreciation for the nature and contribute to the historical record of Lake McMurtry.
Outdoor Skills & Living June 18th - June 22nd
Earth, wind, water, and fire. This week we take a historical perspective on outdoor living and learn skills for braving the natural elements. Summoning the engineer within, campers finish the week by building ground forts from found and natural materials.
Wild Arts June 25th - June 29th
Art instruction guides explorations in the beauty and science behind the natural world. Campers end the week with a digital portfolio of nature-inspired artwork.
Each week all campers will participate in the following activities: -Guided hike with counselor on well-maintained trails and recreation areas. -Basics of fishing and practice skills such as casting, knot tying, and fish identification. -Roped swimming area with Red Cross certified lifeguards and swim jackets available
Healthy Snacks & Drinks: It's important for our campers to have nutritious snacks to help fuel their bodies and minds. We are committed to providing snacks that are low in sugar, non gmo, and no high fructose corn syrup. - SNACKS PROVIDED BY SPROUTS
Trained Counselors: All of our camp counselors complete an outdoor program safety course and are certified in First Aid/CPR/AED by the American Red Cross. All guest speakers, interns, and camp counselors will complete an OSBI Background Check.
Daily Schedule Monday - Friday
8:50-9:00 Campers Check-in at Lake McMurtry ( East Recreation Pavilion )
9:00-9:15 Morning Meeting
9:15-10:45 Themed Activity/Group Challenge
10:45-10:50 Snack & Drink
10:50-11:50 Field games, fishing, or swimming
11:50-12:00 Afternoon meeting
12:00-12:15 Camper Pick-up at Lake McMurtry
Van Transportation Option (additional $50 per week) 8:00-8:15 Check-in at Boomer Lake playground
12:45-1:00 Pick-up at Boomer Lake playground
Outdoor Adventure. Active play in outdoor spaces provides rich opportunities for young people to develop social skills and gain appreciation for nature. Many life-changing experiences at summer camp come from trying new things, meeting new friends, and solving problems together.
STEM in Nature. Nature explorations provide authentic and engaging experiences for learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Lake McMurtry Natural Resource and Recreation Area provides an ideal landscape to learn about wildlife and aquatic conservation in Oklahoma.
Ethic of Care. An ethic of care promotes respect for self, others, and natural world and its inhabitants. Outdoor Adventure Camp is an inclusive community with counselors who model respect for people of various sizes, abilities, ethnicities, and ages.
Health and Safety Spending time outdoors is good for the physical and emotional health. The safety of every camper is our priority.
Sponsors & Volunteers
Thanks to the center for Research on STEM Teaching & Learning adventure camp is able to incorporate technology such as microscopes for the campers to experiment with
The Oklahoma State University (OSU) Center for Research on STEM Teaching and Learning (CRSTL) engages in a range of collaborative projects which promise extraordinary outcomes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. Our collaborative research and outreach model aims to improve STEM education by matching the needs of Oklahoma’s youth with the innovations of OSU’s premiere scientists and engineers.
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