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RIVER RAFTING

Students will be provided with the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the lower San Marcos River on a guided rafting tour. Experienced guides from the Texas State University Outdoor Center will lead our campers and staff on a thrilling five-mile white water rafting trip during which they will learn about river ecology and the history of San Marcos.

CAVING TRIP

The staff at the Aquatic Science Adventure Camp is excited to have the opportunity to visit the cave known as Snookie’s Cavern in Spring Branch again this year! During the caving trip, knowledgeable staff lead campers on a guided, educational tour of a natural cave. Students used headlamps to view the wonders of the 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 a refreshing dip.

SCUBA DIVING

During an introductory SCUBA diving course led by the highly trained staff at The Dive Shop, campers will spend time diving and swimming in the facility’s training pool. Students are NOT required to have previous SCUBA experience in order to participate in this activity.

SNORKELING

During an introductory SCUBA diving course led by the highly trained staff at The Dive Shop, campers will spend time diving and swimming in the facility’s training pool. Students are NOT required to have previous SCUBA experience in order to participate in this activity.

AQUIFER LAB

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”.

INVERTEBRATE LAB

Campers will get the opportunity to act as aquatic biologists while collecting macroinvertebrates in the San Marcos River. The students will then examine the organisms and determine the river’s water quality through an interactive microscope lab.

MEADOWS CENTER

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, learn about invasive plants on the wetlands walk, and view San Marcos Springs and its abundance of wildlife on a glass-bottom boat tour of Spring Lake.

WATER CHEMISTRY LAB

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.

GROUNDWATER LAB

During our groundwater lab, students will learn about the Edwards Aquifer and its inhabitants. Campers will get to observe organisms that emerge from the well near the Freeman Aquatic Biology building while discussing their adaptations and role in the environment.

UNIVERSITY CAMP

The staff at the Aquatic Science Adventure Camp is excited to announce our new camp format for the 2017 season! 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 in Wimberley! Students will stay in bunks in the two gender-segregated cabins, the Beretta Lodge and Jeffersonian Lodge. Overnight staff will stay in separate quarters within the lodge.

MOVIE NIGHT

One night of each camp session will be dedicated to a group movie night. Students will watch a group-selected, age appropriate movie while eating pizza and popcorn!

ROPES COURSE

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.

ASTRONOMY LESSONS

During our time at the University Camp, our staff and campers will participate in a nighttime astronomy lesson. Staff will lead an educational, engaging lesson on celestial objects as well as constellations and their origin stories.

SWIMMING

Campers will enjoy swimming in local rivers, including the San Marcos, Blanco, and Guadalupe Rivers. The students will be supervised at all times by counselors and trained lifeguards.

RELAY RACE

During our activity time, camp counselors will lead students in fun team events such as fruit baseball and relay races. These activities will encourage collaborative teamwork as well as a sense of community among the campers.