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Office of Science Outreach

Environmental Explorers

Are you interested in outdoor, hands-on opportunities to explore your local ecosystem? Are you interested in gaining canoe paddling skills? If so, this camp is definitely for you! Throughout this adventure filled week we will learn about biological practices on water quality, invasive species, and sustainability.  Part of our week long experiment involves conducting a variety of water quality tests such as, clarity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, dissolved carbon dioxide, and pH. This includes collecting aquatic life from Lake Wingra and developing microscope skills to identify and analyze biological indicators. There will also be opportunity to explore the UW Arboretum and Lake Wingra’s natural springs, collect samples on canoe, as well as observe how our city helps to keep the public informed and safe by connecting with Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC).

Active and engaging, this summer science camp is for students who will enter grades 7-9 in the fall. Participants should bring a refillable water bottle. For their safety, it is important that each student wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes.


The camp will be held in the Sonderegger Science Center on the Edgewood College Campus. The science center is a K-16 building that serves science students of all ages. 1000 Edgewood College drive, Madison, WI

Time and dates

June 18-22, 9:00-12:00 noon



Camp Leader

Erica Schauf

Leader Bio

I am a biology graduate of Edgewood college.  During my time there I worked in the Office of Science Outreach and developed a strong desire to share the joy of science exploration with others.  I returned to the Graduate Education Program at Edgewood and now teach Science in Portage, WI. I know that there is always something to be explored and discovered!


$200 This includes registration, all materials and a simple mid-morning snack.