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Camp Osprey 2012

What do snakes, red wolves and wildlife forensics have in common? These topics and more are on tap during this summer’s Camp Osprey, held at the Chesapeake Campus in July and August.

For eight years running, youth in Hampton Roads have experienced wildlife adventures with biology Professor Lisa Behm and Camp Osprey. Summer campers explore the outdoors on Chesapeake's "green" campus, hiking through swamps and a variety of nature trails on the grounds there. "Our goal is to teach young people about the environment, including wetlands and conservation," says Behm, who organizes the camps.

Campers also learn about nature through guest presenters, including wildlife educators Brian and Jamie Fiske, camp partners and owners of ACME Animal Control, a group that humanely captures and removes nuisance animals.

A variety of activities enrich camp days from wildlife photography to bird identification games to dissecting feathers and owl pellets. Students also learn science skills by using microscopes, binoculars and observing live animals.

"Campers are learning that science is fun, and the outdoors is a tremendous place for exploration and discovery," Behm adds. "These kids are our future, and it's my passion to help them become stewards of the planet."