It's been another busy summer for the Badlands Science Camp at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
"Last year it was the wetness, this year it was the heat: we had three weeks of heat warnings, which I've never experienced before in the ten years I've been doing this camp," recalled camp coordinator Morgan Syvertsen. "What we usually do is take the kids out in the morning when it's slightly cooler, and then we take them inside for the afternoon."
There are three science camps: Junior for ages 9-12, Senior for 13-16 and Citizen Science Family Camp for parents with kids aged 7 and up.
"It usually is 80 per cent sold within the first week that we open registration," claimed Syvertsen. "If it wasn't for the fact that we had a few cancellations we would have been completely sold out within the first month."
Participants do what Syvertsen calls 'citizen science,' which includes screening and sorting micro fossils, and data collection that can be used by the Tyrrell's scientists. To add to the camp feel, they sleep outside in old-style prospector tents.
"There's people call every day wanting to know if they can get their name on the list," he noted. "We keep a list of contacts, so when registration opens we let everybody know it's open, but then it's first come first served. We're aiming for probably the 4th or 5th of December and by the 8th of December, at the end of the week, we'll probably be about 80 per cent sold."
To learn more about the Badlands Science Camps, follow this link.