E-SCAPE (Environmental Science Coalition involving Animals through Public Education
The E-Camp program targets underprivileged youth (K-12) and non-profit organizational partners that are in need of summer programming for their youth. Area non-profit agencies servicing youth K-12 will be able to utilize the complex for field trips and activities.
Throughout the East Texas region there is a lack of resources aimed at accommodating the need for outdoor, environmental learning projects. E-Camp will provide this key indoor/outdoor summer facility that specializes in acclimating the youth to scientific discoveries, theories, and opportunities.
The goal of E-Camp is to address the need for outdoor educational opportunities during the summer months and because this is a summer program, it enables youth to appreciate the value of learning even during the summer vacation months. E-Camp provides a unique learning experience for youth who otherwise would not have the opportunity or resources to obtain such training elsewhere.
This summer program is the culmination of partnerships among many area non-profit organizations. E-Camp will function much like an educational field trip would during the school year, except that the program is oriented towards summer seasonal activities. The activities making up the project are unique, stimulating, and thoughtful. Included in the project are activities from Project Wild, Project Aquatic, and Project Learning Tree. Students will learn to employ advanced thought processes, leadership and cooperation techniques, and they will ultimately leave with a better understanding of environmental and wildlife conservation efforts.
E-Camp will create an atmosphere that stimulates learning outside of the classroom by involving the students (K-12) in activities that are distinct to the individual habitat areas. Each habitat will be involved with a particular activity. Along with their agency staff members, students will be expected to organize into working groups and to aid one another during the process of the activities. By working together, the students will learn invaluable lessons of team cooperation and leadership along with the necessary skills to complete the activity. Upon completion of the activities, students and teachers will be able to meet in the designated meeting area/picnic area or outdoor classrooms to discuss the projects and break from the activities for short periods.
The activities curricula for students will come from collaboration among teachers, area organizations, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Forestry Service, Tiger Creek staff, and other agencies involved in the enhancement of the students’ education. The activities will meet TEKS guidelines and incorporate the environmental E-Systems and habitats located within the Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge.
The advanced skills (particularly in technology, environmental science, and math) promoted during E-Camp will allow students to pursue higher achievements during the academic year, in life, and in secondary education. It will allow them to realize that life is a learning process and that there is relevance for applying these advanced educational skills outside the classroom. E-Camp will also assure the students a better understanding of ecological equilibrium and their place in ensuring that balance.
There is also an overnight Campground Resort being established for use in this program, the site is pending funding.
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