Hi Everyone: The Alabama Museum of Natural History has a few slots left for students for this summer’s Paleo Expedition – see their website http://www.ua.edu/academic/museums/history/wordpress/?page_id=75 for more details. There is also a weeklong ecology workshop for science teachers and educators – Continuing education credits available!
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Discover Alabama’s diverse natural history by participating in the 33rd Annual Museum Expedition Camp! Participants will have several fun and unique opportunities to work with scientists in the fields of paleontology and ecology as part of actual scientific research to examine Alabama’s intriguing natural heritage. Students, teachers, and adults will spend a week at the Expedition field camp situated in Greene County, Alabama and work with scientists to learn collection techniques, laboratory procedures, and specimen identification.
The Museum Expedition combines real exploration, with real science to create a unique experience and lasting friendships. THIS IS NOT YOUR ORDINARY SUMMER CAMP!
SHARK WEEK: Explore the prehistoric past when Alabama was submerged beneath a shallow sea teeming with sharks and other menacing marine predators. Scoop up shark’s teeth from the gravel deposits in creeks, uncover ammonites from ancient sea beds, and perhaps even excavate a Mosasaur, the Tyrannosaurus Rex of the sea! Our Museum paleontologist and other scientists will lead you on a real scientific expedition to find real fossils and uncover the mysteries of Alabama’s wild marine past!
Two Sessions: Mini-week 1 – June 1-4 (6th, 7th, and 8th grade students – cost $175)
Week 2 – June 5-11 (Open to anyone age 14 and up – cost $350)
DISCOVERING ALABAMA ECOLOGY WEEK– TEACHER WORKSHOP: Join other teachers and educators from around the state for a unique opportunity to discover the rich natural diversity of Alabama. Participants will wander through the meadows, wade in the streams, and paddle on the rivers to become immersed in hands-on study of the geology, soil, water, plants, animals, and people that make up this diverse ecosystem.
One Session: Week 3 – June 15-18 (Teachers and Educators – cost $150)
SURVIVOR WEEK: Working in teams, participants will test their outdoor skills while exploring meadows, wading in streams and paddling down rivers with scientists to conduct a “bio-blitz” of field research and nature studies of the Alabama Black Belt ecosystem. During the afternoons, each team will compete in challenging activities to win immunity and a chance to be named the Ultimate Expedition Survivor!
One Session: Week 4 – June 19-25 (Open to anyone age 14 and up – cost $350)
Course Credit: Students can earn elective high school credit through advance arrangements with their school and the Expedition staff. Teachers can earn University of Alabama continuing education units or professional development hours.
Registration: Space is limited to 20 participants, so contact us soon to reserve your spot. To register for one or more weeks of the program, please complete a registration form (click and print the document below) and return it along with a $50 deposit to reserve a space to participate in the Museum Expedition 33.