RAVEN RANGER outdoor science camp is for children ages 8-11 and has been offered in the past to the general public for a week in August.
Due to time constraints, RAVEN Rangers outdoor science camp may not be offered for 2018. Please check back for any updates to the RAVEN Rangers outdoor science camp!
With 26 years of experience in nature field activities RAVEN Interpretive Programs holds a science-based week of fun learning adventures led by Carolyn Myers Lewey and Chris Lewey. Campers get an exciting hands-on introduction into the world of ecology in a small group setting. Using a variety of project study sites, campers perform research in the field of ecology. Fun learning activities are used to investigate local field, forest, stream and pond communities. Wading in streams and exploring the outdoors from field to forest, these entertaining science based days find the RAVEN Rangers investigating aquatic insects, performing water quality tests, and gaining a deeper understanding of the connectedness of the natural world. The culmination of camp is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) day, which includes options such as constructing solar powered cars, performing engineering challenges and boat building.
- bird study includes bird banding demonstration
- building bird houses
- keeping a bird list
- hikes and team activities
- aquatic insect capture (and release!) netting study
- stream study, sluice boxes and gold panning (the science behind it)
Our theme is to satisfy the need of being connected to the natural world on multiple levels… being “Unplugged” and earth based, believing that time spent in nature is life supporting and nourishes the mind and body. Our goal is to accomplish this connection with fun and rewarding adventures that will be fulfilling and provide long-lasting connections for our boys and girls.
Applicants should have an interest in science and the outdoors with a desire to learn and the ability to work cooperatively in a group setting. Campers keep a field notebook in order to reflect upon their learning and learn the skills of scientists. Summer here in the mountains is short and the days are precious… we make use of every minute to ensure a valuable and memorable learning experience for each child.
9:00-4:00 *drop-off and pick-up is in a convenient North Conway location.
Limited group size! Complete details upon registration. Email Carolyn with any questions: [email protected]
Carolyn Myers Lewey is a science teacher and co-founder of the Maine Environmental Science Academy (MESA) at Molly Ockett Middle School in Fryeburg, Maine. She has a BS in Education from University of Delaware, a Masters degree in Special Education from West Chester University and has over a decade of science teaching experience. In 2012, Carolyn was selected as a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) leader in the Maine Governor’s Academy for STEM Leadership where she continues to develop and enhance current techniques for expanding STEM opportunities. Carolyn is certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR.
Chris Lewey, executive Director and Founder of RAVEN Interpretive Programs, holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch University. He has led natural history tours for RAVEN, as well as such organizations as the Maine Audubon Society, Smithsonian Study Tours, and the National Wildlife Federation. Chris is also a naturalist for the Appalachian Mountain Club and teaches ornithology for the National Audubon Society at their Hog Island ecology camp in Maine where he is the Director of their Joy of Birding program. Chris leads EduTrips for the Mount Washington Observatory to the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak, Mt. Washington, the 6,288′ home of the world’s worst weather. A native New Englander and licensed Maine Guide, Chris is very much at home on the coast or in the mountains where his fascination with wildlife is enthusiastically shared. He has taught biology, ecology, and ornithology in both New Hampshire and Maine. As a nature photographer and master bird-bander, he continues wildlife research in his region.