Experienced guides from the Texas State University Outdoor Center will lead campers and on a thrilling five-mile white water rafting trip down the San Marcos River. In between rapids like those at Rio Vista (pictured) or Cottonseed Run, you never know when a pirate war might break out between the boats!
Not your average cave trip! Camp director Aaron Swink will lead campers on a guided, educational tour of “Snookie’s Cavern”. Campers will be able to see all the subterranean wonders of this cave, such as an abundance of cave-dwelling animals, cretaceous-period marine fossils and ice age mammal bones, and natural cave formations. During the “challenge by choice” portion of the tour, students are invited to get their hands and knees dirty as we traverse a fun route deep into the cave. Afterwards, we will all head to a spectacular swimming hole on the Guadalupe river to have lunch and wash the mud off.
During an introductory SCUBA diving course led by certified instructors, campers will spend time diving and swimming at a training facility pool. Students are NOT required to have previous SCUBA experience to participate in this activity.
Students will get to explore the natural beauty of the San Marcos River while snorkeling in the river’s crystal clear headwaters. While snorkeling, students may choose to participate in a nature-based scavenger hunt or to simply enjoy the sights of schools of fish, endangered species such as the Texas Wild Rice, and many other forms of wildlife.
Students will have the chance to learn about history and geology of the Edwards Aquifer and see the rare and unique animals that call the aquifer home. Students will also work together in a hands-on, outdoor challenge to simulate a working water company. The teams will use their knowledge of physics and hydrology to create a water supply system and race to get water from their well to their various “customers”.
Campers can experience what it is like to be a real aquatic biologist while collecting all kinds of stream invertebrates in the San Marcos River. The students will then examine the collected organisms using research-grade microscopes and determine the river’s water quality by analyzing the diversity of the invertebrate community.
Campers work together in a hands-on, outdoor challenge to simulate a water supply company. The teams will use their knowledge of physics and hydrology to create a water supply system and race to get water from their well to their “customers”.
For this activity, students will learn about the impacts of invasive species and the importance of native plants in our Texas waterways. We will work with staff from the Meadows Center and the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan to give back to the river by pulling invasive weeds and planting some natives!
Aspiring chemists will love our hands-on water chemistry lab! Students will conduct a chemical analysis of a system of springs and ponds to learn about the interactions between living organisms and the physical environment.
The Aquatic Science Adventure Camp is honored to partner with the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment in order to provide campers with an interactive educational opportunity. Students will get to visit endangered species in the aquarium, watch for birds and amphibians on the wetlands walk, and view San Marcos Springs and its abundance of wildlife on a glass-bottom boat tour of Spring Lake.
Day campers will get the chance to head up to the Texas State Student Recreation Center to enjoy the rock climbing wall and indoor ball courts. One of the highest rock climbing walls in the state, reaching the top is a real achievement!
University Camp (U Camp) is a Texas State University-owned property on the shores of the Blanco River between San Marcos and Wimberley. The 126-acre property features a half-mile of riverfront, hiking trails, an exciting and challenging ropes course, and a natural waterslide! During the overnight camp sessions, half of the week will be spent at a residence hall on the Texas State University campus. The second half of the camp will be spent in cabins at the University Camp. Students will stay in bunks in the two gender-segregated cabins, the Beretta Lodge and Jeffersonian Lodge. Overnight staff will stay in the cabins with campers. To see a video tour of U Camp and learn more, visit http://www.campusrecreation.txstate.edu/outdoor/university-camp
Campers are invited to participate in the “challenge by choice” high ropes course on the grounds of the University Camp. Zip-lines, rock walls, and climbing challenges led by trained staff will provide students with the chance to challenge themselves in an outdoor setting.
Over the course of the camp, campers will enjoy swimming in 3 local rivers: the San Marcos, Blanco, and Guadalupe Rivers. The students will be supervised at all times by counselors and trained lifeguards. There will be a chance for swimming at least once every day of camp.
Many of our summer staff are college students majoring in Recreation Administration or Therapeutic Recreation. As students of recreation, they always come up with a roster of awesome games, activities, crafts and team-building exercises that are an integral part of giving our campers the best possible experience.