Register for Earth Conservation Corps Eco-Camp

Hands-on Environmental Education for Youth

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Campers will learn about their relationship with the environment at Eco-Camp. Photo: Courtesy DCC

The Earth Conservation Corps has announced that registration for their 2019 Eco-Camp is now open. With over 26 years of environmental education experience on the Anacostia River, the Earth Conservation Corps is gearing up to bring their environmental field-studies to youth ages 10-15 over 6 one-week camps this summer.

The Earth Conservation Corps has over 26 years of experience in environmental education and conservation efforts along the Anacostia River. By participating in the ECO-Camp program this summer, youth will have numerous experiences and opportunities to become engaged in the environment.

The Earth Conservation Corps ECO-Camp is designed to give youth a stronger understanding of their local “backyard” ecosystem along the Anacostia River and their impact on it through opportunities to problem solve and participate in projects that curb some of the issues prevalent along the river. The ECO-Camp is a new program designed to give youth opportunities to get more involved with the environment through hands-on learning experiences and boots on the ground conservation efforts.

Eco-Camp provides campers with opportunities to problem solve and participate in projects that curb some of the issues prevalent along the river. Photo: Courtesy ECC

The program will teach youth answers to questions:

  • What is a watershed?
  • What is an ecosystem and what roles do the wildlife play?
  • What is my role in the ecosystem?
  • How can I take action?

Youth will also gain valuable skills that will help with future development, including:

  • Basic boating safety
  • How to fish, and how to do it sustainably
  • How to identify different species of birds, fish, and plant life
  • How to accurately measure water quality
  • Basic environmental and citizen scientist training (how to plant trees, plants, count birds, record data, etc.)
Among skills students learn is basic environmental and citizen scientist training, such as how to identify various species of plants and animals, and how to record that data, as well as how to care for the environment of those species. Photo: ECC

Sessions take place weekly, from June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-August 2 and August 5-9. Daily programming lasts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and before and after care (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) is available. Camp is best suited to kids aged ten to 15. Cost is $350 per week, and before and after care runs $25 per hour.

Camp Sessions will be held at the Monique Johnson Anacostia River Center (1520 First St. SE) and the Matthew Henson Earth Conservation Center (2000 Half St SW). For more information, visit https://www.earthconservationcorps.org/ecocamp