Oak Lake Science Camp accepting applications

Oak Lake Science Camp accepting applications Area middle-school students interested in biology and the ecosystem have an opportunity to learn at the lake this summer.

Students in grades six through eight can apply for the annual Oak Lake Science Camp, set for Aug. 1 through 6 at South Dakota State University's Oak Lake Field Station, located approximately 22 miles northeast of Brookings.

The SDSU Oak Lake Science Camp offers opportunities for hands-on, small-group learning experiences in the fields of environmental science and biology. Each exploration is designed and led by a professional in the field.

Activities new to the camp this year include prairie weather extremes, prairie soil: medium of life, and studying the stars and planets. Other activities include prairie plants and their uses, the role of insects in prairie systems, birds and mammals, and aquatic habitats and animals.

"There are a lot of athletic or church camps for kids to go to in the summer, but very few academic camps," said Nels Troelstrup, camp director and professor of biology and microbiology at SDSU. "(The camp is) intended to stimulate interests of kids who have an aptitude for academics and science."

In addition to science activities, students can choose from several outdoor recreational activities to take part in, including hiking, canoeing, swimming and wildlife watching.

The camp costs $200. Campers will be housed in the bunkhouse at Oak Lake Field Station, and provided three meals per day. A pre-registration deposit of $25 is required upon application. Financial support is available through local conservation districts.

Applications must be submitted by July 26. Campers will receive registration confirmation via mail.

For more information or to apply, contact Troelstrup at (605) 688-5503.

, or visit the Oak Lake Web site at http://www.biomicro.sdstate.edu/oaklake/Activities/SciCmp03/Index.htm.

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