4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp

Date: July 31, 2016 - August 6, 2016
Location: Camp Chickagami, 6952 Kauffman Blvd., Presque Isle, MI 49777
Contact: Laura Potter, 517.432.2963, potterla@msu.edu

This camp is designed to:

  • Increase  teens’ appreciation and enjoyment of the outdoors, natural resources, and science
  • Increase  teens’ knowledge about the Great Lakes, natural resources ecology and management issues
  • Develop strong attitudinal attachment to Michigan’s unique natural resources and bioregional features
  • Foster scientifically rooted environmental stewardship
  • Develop and expand career and personal interests
  • Develop leadership skills and self-confidence
  • Increase social and academic skills needed for a successful transition to college and life as an adult


The residential camp has 70 intentional contact hours. The content and instructional methods are research-based (environmental education, place-based education, experiential learning and youth development). The camp is located near northern Lake Huron in Presque Isle. The diverse, natural resources-rich area includes lighthouses, a marina, unique coastal wetlands, dunes, a limestone quarry, diverse watersheds, state parks and a national marine sanctuary.

Sessions teach ecological concepts such as coastal ecology, fisheries management, limnology, wildlife, invasive species and forestry. Recreation options such as kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, and archery let campers try something new and have fun responsibly in the outdoors. The evening programs focus on team building, environmental policy making, teaching others, and empowering youth to take on leadership roles. Camp sessions expose youth to four of the five Michigan science curriculum standards in earth science and three of the five standards in biology for grades 8 to 12.

For more information, visit the 4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp page.

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