Weather camp offered for middle-school students

Enrollment is open for Weather Camp 2012, June 11-15, that will keep middle school-aged students busy with classroom, lab and field trip learning experiences to introduce them to careers in meteorology, climatology and related sciences.

The camp, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and for students ages 11 to 14, is sponsored by UNL, the School of Natural Resources, and the National Weather Service’s CAREERS Weather Camps. Cost is $150 for the week. The camp fee covers the cost of morning and afternoon snacks, daily lunches, a Friday evening picnic with families, and daily transportation for field trips.

Activities throughout the week include using instruments to make weather observations, meeting National Weather Service forecasters, seeing TV meteorologists in action in the studio, learning about Nebraska’s weather, from tornadoes to blizzards, touring the severe weather emergency operations command post, learning about storm preparedness, learning about weather and climate-related careers, meeting a researcher who flies remote-control aircraft into storms, meeting weather and climate scientists, visiting the State Museum to learn about climate through the ages, seeing the full-dome movie presentation “Nature’s Fury” at the planetarium, and playing the Weather Jeopardy game with a warning coordination meteorologist.

Weather Camp 2012 will be based in Hardin Hall.

For more information, including photos from the 2011 camp and an application, go to

— Kelly Helm Smith, School of Natural Resources

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