District Summer Archaeology, Ecology Camps at Creekside
Archaeology camps start June 19, Ecology
camps begin June 26
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[June 19, 2017]
- Become an amateur archaeologist and investigate the lifeways
of Illinois’ human inhabitants, from the prehistoric Ice Age to
historical pioneer times; or venture into the realm of ecology as
you investigate how the plants and animals of Central Illinois
interact in their natural environments, during two weeks of special
camps at the Dr. G. Dennis Campbell Creekside Center for
Environmental Education at Lincoln College.
Students entering fourth grade through ninth grade
have an opportunity to participate in the two special camps being
conducted by Lincoln College Creekside Director, Dr. Dennis
The first camp will focus on archaeology and begins Monday, June 19.
The second session will concentrate on ecology and begins the
following Monday, June 26. Both camps are being offered through the
Lincoln Park District.
Morning (9 a.m.-noon) sessions and afternoon (1-4 p.m.) sessions are
offered each day Monday through Wednesday. Participants can attend
just one session, or all six sessions, or anything in-between.
For the archaeology camps, simulated archaeological digs will be
conducted each session, and a variety of other activities will be
conducted throughout the week, including designing and constructing
pioneer and Native American shelters and gardens, making primitive
crafts and “artifacts,” playing pioneer and Native American games
and sports, reading and telling stories of past cultures, and
walking in the footsteps of the largest woolly mammoths discovered
For the ecology camps, local natural habitats will be sampled for
plants and animals each session, and a variety of other activities
will be conducted throughout the week, including constructing bird
feeding stations and nest boxes, planting wildflower seeds/seedlings
and tree saplings, making nature crafts, monitoring land and water
conditions, navigating natural terrains using GPS, maps, and
compasses, and measuring and identifying trees.
The camps are taught by Lincoln College Creekside Director, Dr.
Dennis Campbell (Lincoln College science faculty member for over 20
years, with Ph.D. degree from the University of New South Wales,
Australia, in zoology, and M.S. and B.S. degrees from Texas Tech
University in geology and zoology)
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Costs are $25 per session per day (registration and payment to
Lincoln Park District.) To register, contact the Lincoln Park District at
A limited number of scholarships (Creekside Endowment for Summer Camps from
Lincoln College) for partial camp participation may be available for students
requiring financial support. Please contact Dr. Dennis Campbell (217-735-7260)
for information about for the scholarship application procedure.
Campers should wear long pants and study shoes. Camp activities will take place
outdoors, including under a pavilion and on the prairie, in the forest, and near
a creek, so campers should dress appropriately. Sun-screen and hats are also
recommended. This is an outdoor environmental center, so a drizzly day might
keep us under the pavilion, and stormy weather might cancel the day altogether.
All campers will be expected to uphold high standards of conduct during the
Daily mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks/drinks will be provided to each
student. Participants for consecutive morning and afternoon sessions on any one
day are invited to bring a sack lunch/drink to enjoy under our teaching pavilion
(with supervision) between sessions.
Supervised Early Drop-Off and Late Pick-Up are available. Students may be
dropped off as early as 8 a.m. and picked up as late as 5 p.m.
Creekside is approximately 4 miles due north of Lincoln, Illinois, off of County
Road 2000N halfway between County Road 1100E and 122th Ave; from Co Rd 2000N
take the gravel road – Small-Edwards Trace – north to the Center.
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