Scientists agree that children are our future, which is why most children are sealed in time capsules with a flashlight and a stack of magazines. Give a child something he or she will really dig with today's Groupon: for $15, you get registration for an environmental-science summer camp at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (a $30 value). Choose from the following options:
• The Wonders of Water camp July 11–14, for grades K–12.
• Plants and Animals Safari camp July 18–21, for grades K–12.
• Rocket Camp August 1–4, for grades 5–12.
West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science's campus—62 acres of prairies, wetlands, trails, and working gardens—sets the scene for summer camps led by a team of environmental-education specialists. Students plumb the depths of the planet’s lifeblood in The Wonders of Water camp, learning about the origins and nature of water as well as the creatures that flurry within it. A field trip to Aman Park on the last day of camp cements the rich slurry of information as students wade into Sand Creek to experience nature hands-on and to play duck, duck, goose with actual ducks and geese.
Nascent botanists and zoologists can glean valuable skills in Plants and Animals Safari camp, which marinates kids' brains with knowledge about Michigan’s flora and fauna as campers trawl the forest floor. At the end of the camp, each camper totes home an insect collection and an ID book of pressed plant parts. Alternatively, Rocket Camp safely introduces youngsters to the world of aerial propulsion, saving homes and clouds from damage incurred during DIY rocket experiments. Each day of camp, leaders guide young Robert Goddards in the construction of their own miniature rockets.
West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science
West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science promotes creativity, responsibility, and academic achievement through the comprehensive study of science. Lessons are tailored for students in preschool through 12th grade, grounded in the hard sciences, and supported by a hands-on learning environment. The 62-acre campus maintains farmland, nature trails, wetlands, and forests as outdoor classrooms where students can explore during weekly environmental-science labs. Differentiated instruction allows students to grow in a diverse setting; one lesson asks that they build arbors from spare branches, and the next dictates that they write reports on handmade paper from the previous week's lab. All the while, the school's character-education programs build self-awareness and self-esteem. In addition to regular lessons, the academy offers science fairs to showcase kids' skills and summer camps to keep the fires of learning ablaze—like the traditional end-of-year burning of the times-table tests—in the off season.
4463 Leonard St. NW
Walker, Michigan 49534