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A Sessom Creek sampling from a recent Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp (Texas State image).

STAFF REPORT

Students aged nine through 15 are eligible to partake of the Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp offered by Texas State’s Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center.

The camp will involve week-long sessions through June and July, along with two day camp sessions in July and August.

Students in the week-long sessions stay in a dorm on the Texas State campus. Mornings are devoted to activities involving aquatic biology and water chemistry. Students collect aquatic organisms from ponds, creeks and an artesian well on the university campus and participate in microscope labs to observe what they collect. Students learn to perform tests for dissolved oxygen, pH and temperature. Students also participate in a glass-bottom boat ride at Aquarena Center and are given an introductory scuba lesson at a local dive facility.

Afternoons are devoted to activities such as tubing the San Marcos River, swimming, fishing, a trip to Schlitterbahn or rafting on the Guadalupe River, and a trip to Natural Bridge Caverns. Students in the day camp perform all of the educational activities that are covered in the week-long camp, as well as the scuba lesson and glass-bottom boat ride.

The Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp has been held at Texas State since 1988.

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