While at Big Springs, campers are given the opportunity to learn about the environment and themselves through the classes taught by the teaching staff. As a staff we try to develop interesting courses that tie in to the fifth and sixth grade curriculums and that relate to the “outdoor” education theme. The students are put into small groups that rotate through about six or seven different classes (each approximately one hour long) between Monday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon.
The subjects taught can vary from year to year, but remain fairly consistent. Below are pictures and a brief explanation of the classes taught during the previous years.
This class teaches students through examples and games how animals adapt to the area in which they live.
Birds of Prey
This class teaches students about different types of birds of prey, how they hunt for their food, and the characteristics that help them survive.
This class teaches students what ecosystems are, the importance of a balanced environment within an ecosystem, and what happens when that balance is no longer maintained.
This class teaches students about different types of insects and gives them the opportunity to catch and identify some in the camp area.
This class teaches students about different types of plants and trees and allows them to taste a variety of edible plants.
North Slope / South Slope
This class teaches students the difference between the north facing and south facing slopes and why different plant life grows on each.
This class teaches students how to determine if a fresh water source is polluted or non-polluted by taking water samples from the creek at camp and then they determine its status.