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2012 LEAD Camp Wrap-up

2012 LEAD Camp Wrap-up

July 13, 2012

The beginning of this year’s week-long LEAD (LUMCON Estuary Awareness and Discovery) camp looked very discouraging with Tropical Storm Debbie trying to decide which direction it was going to head into the northern Gulf of Mexico. Camp Director and Marine Educator, Murt Conover, out-maneuvered the national hurricane prediction center and delayed the camp for a week, then had excellent weather for the participants. LEAD camp is designed for eighth to twelfth grade students who have a desire to learn more about coastal and marine science.
The fifteen campers who participated in LEAD camp this year experienced a fun and education-packed week of immersion in Louisiana’s marine and marsh environments.  The campers were kept busy each day with activities that included beach profiling of the barrier islands off the coast of Terrebonne Parish, conducting water quality sampling and trawling in Terrebonne Bay aboard the R/V Acadiana. They caught a black-tipped shark in the trawl!  Time in the Marine Center laboratories was spent examining specimens and dissecting animals.

“I was exhausted by the end,” said camper Sarah Simoneaux. “But I had a wonderful time!” 
For more information about the K-12 education opportunities offered to students and educators through LUMCON, visit: http://www.lumcon.edu/education/MarineEducation