Our first EcoCamp was offered in 2005 and has since grown and expanded.
Currently, the ERC offers two overnight EcoCamps: an Environmental Outdoor Adventure EcoCamp for rising 5th-6th grade students and and an Environmental Outdoor Leadership (EOL) EcoCamp for rising 7th-9th grade students. Both of these camps take place at the Idaho BaseCamp which is over Trail Creek, sandwiched between the East Pioneer Mountains and Lost River Range. We are excited to offer children of this age the only week-long overnight, experiential learning camp in the valley.
Students are fully immersed in our natural world and engage with its flora and fauna to further understand how humans fit into and alter this world, giving them the tools to become better stewards of our environment. In the EOL camp, students are older and therefore take on more of a leadership role rather than being passive observers. They learn orienteering skills, water and forest ecology, practice Leave No Trace principles, etc. It is our hope that these students gain confidence in the outdoors and a deeper understanding of our natural world and bring back their knowledge and passion to our community, sharing it with parents, friends, and younger students.
Both of EcoCamps are designed to bring – and keep – our children outdoors, learning, exploring, and reveling in the natural world, ultimately encouraging them to become better earth stewards.
In all of our camps, the ERC is helping to spark a life-long passion for science and creating the future caretakers of our planet. We are excited for the year ahead as we continue this great benefit for our community and natural landscape.
Summer 2018 camps will be announced this winter!
The ERC’s EcoCamp Scholarship Fund is generously supported by Rocky Mountain Hardware, The Campfire Foundation, and ERC members like you.
For more information on these camps, please contact:
Alisa McGowan, Program Director, 208.726.4333 or email@example.com.