Wild Woods Wanderings Camp 2011

Irvin Hendrix  |  4/19/2011 12:29:20 AM

Wild Woods Wanderings provides a rare and unique opportunity for all who attend. WWW hosts campers, teachers, college students, professionals, etc. in all fields and backgrounds imaginable. Despite the differences of the attendees, WWW provides an opportunity for instructors and campers alike to experience learning and application through problem solving activities and critical thinking skills.

Whether you attend WWW for fun, course credit, professional development, or simply to share your expertise, you will leave WWW with a greater appreciation of how nontraditional teaching methods can enhance and compliment education. Teachers and students alike are completely engaged in hands-on activities both in and out of the typical classroom environment. 

Camp curriculum is designed to provide students knowledge and a skill set that they can use to solve real life environmental issues, with a special focus on a public policy activity at camp.  Many school systems accept WWW as a way to maintain teacher certification. The LSU AgCenter awards teachers 45 credit hours of professional development in biological, environmental and other sciences for participation in the camps.  Professional development hours for teachers have been approved by all of the Louisiana school districts that have participated in the camp as well as the Mississippi Private School Association. 

Contact your local school district for approval information. Responsibilities of attendees may include mentoring campers, teaching classes, evaluation and other camp management duties during the week.  WWW is offered to undergraduate and graduate level college students as a three hour credit course. Obviously, this is a very rigorous and challenging course for teachers, students and campers alike.

Why Wild Woods?
In today’s urbanized society, there are few opportunities for students to seek knowledge in nature’s classroom...the great outdoors. 4-Her’s will have a unique opportunity to learn in one of the best outdoor classrooms Louisiana has to offer, the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge.

Located in Tensas and Madison Parishes and consisting of over 70,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forest, the “Refuge” is home to many plant and wildlife species that you will soon come to know.The bottomland hardwood ecosystem of Northeast Louisiana is a rare home to species native to the area.  Due to human activity and agricultural practices, this ecosystem has been on the decline for some time now.  Witnessing this ecosystem firsthand is a chance that most never get.

Aside from the skill sets taught at WWW, the scenery alone makes the adventure well worth your time.  Wild Woods Wanderings (WWW) Environmental Camps have been recognized for environmental excellence by Region 6 EPA. Six volunteers have been nationally recognized by the U.S.D.A. / U.S.F.W. S. Wildlife Federation Award and the 4-H Volunteer Program.  We know that the few days that you spend with us will be rewarding to you and us alike. Campers leave our camp with knowledge and skills you will begin using the minute you leave for home and then, the rest of your life. From simple basic biological processes demonstrated….to even creating management strategies for an entire ecosystem.

We can guarantee your week will be both exciting and adventurous.  Past campers have excelled in the sciences at respected universities and have made contacts that have aided them in both their coursework and careers. Many of these campers have returned to WWW to volunteer and teach after their newfound dedication to the program and what it stands for.

WWW Activities
Camp activities include hiking, camping, canoeing and and learning. Campers experience a conglomeration of activities that provide a resultant skill set that will allow them to engage in environmental threat resolution activities on the last night of their stay.

Campers will also experience the mystery of the unique and renowned Night Maneuvers program. Night Maneuvers is a guided hike through the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge after dark. The experience of the woods at night is an unforgettable and rare opportunity in which campers are fortunate to participate.

Educational programs cover topics such as map and compass skills, forestry and wildlife management, sustainable agriculture and new technologies, water quality,air quality, soil science, geographic information systems, threatened and endangered species research, astronomy, ecosystem evaluation, wildlife habitat management, stream monitoring and much more. 

The Refuge is home to over 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Some of the native wildlife include the American Alligator, Louisiana Black Bear, Barred Owl and Pileated Woodpecker.

What to Expect
Campers will be in an outdoor environment for the duration of the camp and will get to visit areas of a national wildlife refuge that are generally closed to the public. Living facilities will consist of tents or lodges. Campers with allergies to poison ivy or related plants should be sure to bring both preventive medicine and treatment. Long-sleeves and pants are suggested for travel in the woods to minimize insect bites. Boots for hiking are a must and old shoes are needed for other activities at the camp.

All meals will be provided for campers and guests. Campers that have special medical or dietary needs should inform their 4-H agents or leaders of their situation . Agents and leaders should inform camp directors of any of the special needs of campers upon submittal of camper lists. Campers should bring personal toiletry items and be prepared to “rough it” for the duration of the camp.  Cellular phones and other electronic devices are not allowed during any educational programs. Cell phone use may be allowed after hours by request from instructors. 

For information concerning Wild Woods Wanderings Environmental Camps and dates, please contact: James Hendrix by e-mail or telephone 318-766-3320 or 318-435-7551

Partnering Agencies
Wild Woods Wanderings Environmental Education

Camps are a true partnership of the following agencies and funding sources:
  • LSU AgCenter
  • La. Department of Natural Resources
  • Northeast Delta RC&D
  • Poverty Point State Historic Site
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • La. Department of Environmental Quality
  • La. Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism
  • LSU School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development
  • Poverty Point State Park
  • Murphy Family Foundation
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