Watershed Expeditions at Home

We Are Here to Support Your Family!

Missouri River Relief is dedicated to supporting families in our communities. That is why we are pivoting to a virtual camp experience. Watershed Expeditions at Home is the innovative answer of the need to cancel our in-person summer camps during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Watershed Expeditions is a combination of Camp in a Box and Virtual Camp that brings the fun of a camp to your home! This balanced approach promotes creative thinking and outdoor activities that campers can do from home. 

Camp Details

  • 4 Weeks in July 2020
  • 4th-7th & 8th-12th Grade
  • 10 Activities & 4 Virtual Camp Experiences
  • Tuition: $50 per student - Financial Aid is available!

Education Programs

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Resources

Missouri River Information PacketsMissouri River Virtual Field Trip 

Volunteer with Our Education Programs

Our education programs provide a variety of opportunities for volunteers to connect to the Missouri River. Are you interested in volunteering? E-mail our Education Director, Kristen Schulte

Education Advisory Committee

Do you have experience in education, non-profits, law, fundraising, or community organizing? Are you looking for a rewarding opportunity to use these skills ? E-mail our Education Director, Kristen Schulte, for the detailed responsibilities and application.

We All Live in a Watershed! 

We invite you to join our experienced instructors for a month-long watershed expedition. No matter where you live, you live in a watershed. A watershed is kind of like a bathtub or a sink. It’s an area of land that drains to a single body of water such as a lake or river. Watersheds come in many different sizes. A few acres might drain into a small stream or wetland, or a few rivers might drain into a large river, like the Missouri River.  

We are all connected by watersheds, and now more than ever, we need connections during these times of isolation. Watershed Expedition does exactly that!! Campers will have the opportunity to connect and socialize with peers. They will explore their local watershed and investigate how actions of people who live in a watershed affect the health of the waters that run through it. They will learn to tell the story of their watershed and how to help protect the health of their watershed.

"Watershed Expedition  is a varied, fun, and high-quality program that so far hits all the right science for 10 year-olds"
-Excited Grandparent
"The final week included a river project, so I took our daughter to the river where she photographed all the trash. We had a great conversations on how that affects the animals. Then we made a poster. Today the staff asked her for it and they're going to use it in real life. That made her day!"
-Proud Parent
"With our daughter doing online school it's been hard to motivate her to do online extra curricular things like piano lessons and Girl Scouts meetings, but every week she looked forward to Watershed Expeditions at Home" 
-Impressed Parent

Learn More about Watershed Expeditions at Home 

What is Camp in a Box?

  • Camp in a Box provides fun, meaningful activities for campers. Camp in a Box includes 10 activities over the course of four weeks that are science based, screen-free, encourage outdoor time, and minimize demands on parents. 
  • Each camper that registers will receive a Camp in a Box in the mail the first week of July with all the materials and instructions for individual watershed exploration. In the box, campers will receive written instructions on how to do each activity. 
  • Camp in a Box will include everything you need to keep your camper engaged: activities, crafts, and STEM projects. Instruction for these activities will be age-appropriate and connected to a theme for each week. 

Includes Materials for 10 Science and Nature Activities 

  • Watercolor Paints & Brush 
  • Watercolor Paper 
  • Nature Journal
  • Hand Magnifier 
  • Bug Container
  • Colored Pencils
  • Backpack 
  • Heavy Duty Trash Bags 
  • Gloves 
  • Small First Aid Kit 
  • Envelope & Stamp 
  • Pencils and Eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Plus, a Missouri River Relief t-shirt, waterbottle and sticker!

Campers beware: grown-ups will be tempted to borrow these Camp in a Box supplies!

What is Virtual Camp? 

  • Virtual camp is the digitally-interactive aspect of Watershed Expedition that brings the peer social experience of being at camp directly to your home. 
  • Virtual camp will be conducted entirely through Zoom video chat. Our instructors will lead your camper through a variety of activities that take place during pre-determined Zoom dates and times. Please see below for more information about when each session is happening.
  • Zoom session sizes will remain at a 1:10 ratio to ensure each camper will receive an adequate amount of attention.

Our goal is to bring our incredible staff, instruction, and the community you love at Missouri River Relief to your home! We believe our families and campers need camp more than ever. Please consider enjoying this program with siblings or registering with friends and participate as a small group in your neighborhood.

Who Can Participate in Watershed Expeditions?

Watershed Expedition is designed for rising 4th-7th graders and rising 8th-12th graders. Each grade level range will receive age-appropriate instruction and activities. Each grade level range will also have separate virtual camp experiences. Also, this is a virtual camp so regardless of where you live, you can participate! 

When is Watershed Expeditions?

Watershed Expeditions will happen in the month of July from July 6th to July 31st 2020. Our virtual camp will meet once a week via “Zoom” video chat and at registration, you will have the option to select your preferred date from the following options:

Rising 4th-7th Grader - Session 1

  • Thursday Morning: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM CST
  • Dates: July 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th

Rising 4th-7th Grader - Session 2

  • Friday Morning: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM CST
  • Dates: July 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st 

Rising 8th -12th Grader - Session 1

  • Thursday Afternoon: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CST
  • Dates: July 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th

Rising 8th -12th Grader - Session 2

  • Friday Afternoon: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CST
  • Dates: July 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st

What will Campers Do During Watershed Expeditions?

Each week’s activities will focus on a certain topic pertaining to explore the campers local watershed.

Week 1: Exploring Your Watershed (July 6th – 10th)

  • Camp in A Box Activities: Map Making, Scavenger Hunt, and Boat Building 
  • Virtual Camp Activities: Welcome, Expectations, Watershed Olympics, Get to Know Each Other, Share Discovery and Community Time.

Week 2: Making a Difference in Your Watershed (July 13th – 17th)

  • Camp in A Box Activities: Local Neighborhood Clean Up, Bug Hunt, and Message in a Bottle (i.e. Pen Pal with Another Camper) 
  • Virtual Camp Activities: Watershed Olympics, Trash Contest, Meet a Trash Warrior, Message in a Bottle Collection and Community Time. 

Week 3: Telling the Story of Your Watershed (July 20th -24th)

  • Camp in A Box Activities: Smoosh Book, Watercoloring, and Found Object Art. 
  • Virtual Camp Activities: Watershed Olympics, Discuss Watershed Project, Meet a Watershed Artist, and Community Time. 

Week 4: Connecting Others to Your Watershed (July 27th -31st)

  • Camp in A Box Activities: Watershed Project 
  • Virtual Camp Activities: Final Watershed Olympics, Share Watershed Project, Celebration and Community Time. 

What is the Missouri River Olympics? Missouri River Olympics is a series of team building activities used to enhance social relations and often involve collaborative tasks.  Each week’s activities will build on each other. 

What is Community Time? Each week we have built in the opportunity for campers to “hang out” with each other; to share discoveries, tell stories about their adventures, or ask for additional feedback on their activities. Community time provides a unique opportunity for all the campers to be able to socialize and make new friendships. 

What is the Watershed Project? During the Watershed Expedition, campers will identify an issue that in some way affects their local watershed. Campers will then learn how to use art to tell the story of their issue and each student will have the option to share their story in our last virtual camp. At the end of Watershed Expeditions campers will understand watersheds near and far. 

What if My Camper Does Not Like “Art”? We are using the word “art” very loosely for this project. Campers will be able to select their own medium which could include video, photography, graphic design, paint, comic strips, or sculpture. Guidance and encouragement will be provided to each camper throughout their project. 

What is Included in the Tuition Cost?

Tuition costs $50 per camper and includes instruction and supplies for 10 activities over the course of four weeks, access to weekly virtual camp “Zoom” video chat and priority access to Camp Director, Kristen Schulte, for any questions.

How are the Camp in a Box Activities Arriving at my Home?

Camp in a Box will be shipped to the address provided in your registration form. Our shipping fee is built into the tuition of the program. We will ship all Camp in a Box supplies the first week of July. Please allow 3-5 business days for shipping.

Registration Process

If you are applying for financial aid, please refer to the "Financial Aid" section below.

Complete the online enrollment process here or by calling 573.443.0292 by June 26th, 2020. Please have your payment information ready when enrolling.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to qualified participants. To apply for financial aid, complete the financial aid application by June 26th, 2020.

We will begin awarding financial aid at the end of June 2020 and then continue making awards on a rolling basis until all available funds are awarded. Once you are notified of your financial aid award, you will be given a deadline to accept the award. Please Do NOT register before you are notified of your award.

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact our Education Director, Kristen Schulte at [email protected] 573-443-0292. 

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