Trekking, camping and wild life concept

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University’s Division of Educational Outreach will be offering a Nature Exploration Camp and a Science Laboratory Camp this summer in Cullowhee.

Both camps will be led by Max Lanning, science teacher at Swain County High School and WCU alum.

The Nature Exploration Camp will be held June 24-28, for rising 6th- 9th graders. They will explore the natural world through field trips and activities in and throughout nearby Western North Carolina.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit nature spots such as the Highlands Biological Station, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Nantahala National Forest.

Students will participate in various activities each day, including hiking, botanizing, bird watching, river snorkeling, observing and collecting salamanders and insects, and other activities of that nature.

Cost for this camp is $279 with lunch provided each day.

The second opportunity for science enthusiasts is the Science Laboratory Camp, which will be held July 22 - 26, and is also for rising 6th – 9th graders. Students in this camp will explore laboratory science through activities and experiments in biology, chemistry, geosciences and more on WCU’s Cullowhee campus.

Participants will have an opportunity to work in a real lab environment setting during this week-long experience.

Students will also be able to participate in activities that include chemical reactions, DNA extraction, water quality testing, geographic information systems, and more.

Cost for this camp is $199 with lunch provided each day.

For more information and to see a full list of camps offered this summer through WCU, visit or call 828-227-7397.

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