Natural Resources Science Camp Wins National Grant Award


July 16, 2010 


Facing stiff competition from other quality youth science and environmental programs around the country, Arcata and Eureka’s city-run science summer camps won a $30,000 grant from the USDA Forest Service’s More Kids in the Woods cost-share program.

“If we are going to put an end to childhood obesity, we must promote healthy, active lifestyles and encourage our kids to get off the couch and get outside,” USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack explains. “Our More Kids in the Woods challenge not only promotes physical activity, it fosters environmental awareness and stewardship among young people as we face critical environmental challenges.”

The Arcata Recreation Division’s Natural Resources Science Camp, geared toward kids between nine- and 12-years old, has two more sessions scheduled for the weeks of July 26-30 and August 2-6 from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday. Thanks to the grant and support from many local partners the cost is just $120 per week ($130 for non-Arcata residents).The camp will be held in the Natural Resources Building at Humboldt State University.

Space is still available for both sessions of this innovative, hands-on learning opportunity which features science experiments, team-building activities and unique access to HSU labs and faculty. Participants will explore the local environment and learn about research and careers in natural resources.

The camp’s generous local partners include the Six Rivers National Forest, Humboldt State University, Sierra Club North Group Redwood Chapter, the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center and several others. “It’s great to bring together so many local experts in natural resources to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with the youth of Humboldt County,” says lead grant coordinator and USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station wildlife biologist Karen Pope.

Youth Development Scholarships are available for qualifying families, which cover 50% of the activity fee.  Please contact the Arcata Recreation Division office for more information (707) 822-7091.

For registration materials, stop by the Arcata Recreation Division or visit our website