Thank you for your interest in
VIERS’ Summer Camps for 2017
This is the 20th consecutive year that Friends of Virgin Islands National Park
and other sponsors have supported Clean Islands International
in presenting our summer Eco-Camps at VIERS.
This summer we are offering three types of camps:
Eco-Camps: for Virgin Islands students ages 7 to 12 years old
Science Camp: for Virgin Islands students ages 13 to 16 years old (no exceptions to ages)
Ranger-in-Training Camp: for Virgin Islands students ages 13 to 16 years old (no exceptions to ages)
All Camps: The program for all of our camps is designed so that the campers have a lot of fun
while learning about the environment through hands-on activities and lessons. VIERS Eco-Camps
are presented to help each student understand a little bit more about the environment in which
they live in and why it is important to each of us as individuals to protect our environment as best
as we can. The science camp is designed for interested youth to work with actual researchers and university professors.
VIERS and its educators will help students identify what some of their daily responsibilities
are in protecting, preserving, and conserving natural resources. This summer we will continue our focus on
coastal ecology through interactive activities and lessons.
Field activities will include hiking, swimming and snorkeling.
And there will also be time for fun stuff.
Science Camp: The program for the science camp has been designed to provide hands on experience in a working
waterside field marine biology laboratory. Field activities will be analyzed in the lab so that campers can experience
real life research practices. The students will focus on science related information. VI students with interest in science are encouraged to apply to attend.
Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt and a reusable water bottle.
The coastal ecology oriented camps are offered at no charge
to U.S. Virgin Islands residents, 7-16 years of age, and are scheduled as follows:
Eco-Camps Dates: four eco-camps (three-days, two-nights) for 7 to 12 year olds
Camp 1: July 6-8
Camp 2: July 10-12
Camp 3: July 13-15
Camp 4: July 17-19
Science Camps Dates: two science camps (four-days, three-nights) for 13 to 16 year olds
Science 1: July 21-24
Science 2: July 26-29
Ranger-in-Training Camp: (four-days, three-nights) for 13 to 16 year olds
Select here for camp forms:
There will be hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and fun environmental learning activities. Trained counselors and educators strongly emphasize the preservation of the natural and cultural resources that are found in the Virgin Islands. Sponsorship is provided for one camp per summer. The fee for participating in additional eco-camps is $300. Parents are welcome to join their children as space is available. Space is limited to 25 students per camp.
A $30 registration fee is refundable upon completion of the camp or we encourage you to donate the deposit to Friends of VIERS to help us present educational opportunities in the future. The registration form, proof of residency, and deposit (please do not send cash) must be received prior to acceptance into the program. Submitting required forms and payment does not guarantee acceptance to the camps. Parents will be notified as soon as possible.
PROOF OF U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS RESIDENCY IS REQUIRED:
Each camper must provide a copy of some type of proof that they are a current resident of the Virgin Islands (such as report card or school ID, birth certificates and electric bills do not provide proof of current residency for the potential camper). If the camper cannot provide proof of current VI residency or is not a current Virgin Islands resident the cost of each eco-camp is $300 and $500 for the science camp.
For Camp Information, please contact:
VIERS Summer Camp Registrar
VIERS Tel: 340-776-6721
Lameshur Bay, P.O. Box 250
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 00831
Tricia Hopkins, Executive Director
Clean Islands International & VIERS Administrator
Web Site: www.islands.org
The Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station (VIERS)
is a facility of the University of the Virgin Islands
located in the Virgin Islands National Park on the south side of St. John.
VIERS is operated by Clean Islands International, a U.S. IRS 501(c)(3) and USVI nonprofit,
organized exclusively for educational, scientific, and charitable purposes.