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SFCG Will Run Jr Conservation Summer Camp Again in 2016!


 Jr. Conservation Summer Camp @ the South Fayette Municipal Building
Tues Aug 2 – Fri Aug 5 and Tues Aug 9 to Fri Aug 12

When & Where:  The program will be 8 days in length and will include classroom days at the South Fayette Municipal Building as well as 4 field trips. Transportation is not provided.
Tuesday, August 2     9:30 – 1:30
South Fayette Municipal Building
515 Millers Run Rd. Morgan, PA 15064
Wednesday, August 3     9:30 – 12:00
Walker’s Mill Parking Lot Panhandle Trail
Closest Address: 22 Walker’s Mill Rd. 15106
Thursday, August 4   9:30 – 1:30
South Fayette Township Municipal Building
Friday, August 5 9:45 – 2:00
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Meet at Main Entrance off Forbes
4000 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Tuesday, August 9  9:30 – 1:30
South Fayette Municipal Building
Wednesday, August 10 9:30 – 12:00
South Fayette Intermediate School
3640 Old Oakdale Rd. McDonald, PA 15057
Thursday, August11 9:30 – 1:30
South Fayette Municipal Building
Friday, August 12 9:30 – 12:00
Wingfield Pines
Meeting in the parking lot off Mayview Rd.
1541 Mayview Rd. Upper St Clair, PA 15241

Download the Application Form Here

Download the Informational Flyer with Itinerary Here

Do you know why Miller’s Run is orange? What do wetlands have to do with improving our environment? What is a watershed? What can you do to improve the environment in your own backyard? Are there fossils hidden right beneath our feet?

The South Fayette Conservation Group and the South Fayette Township library have partnered to host an action-packed 8-day summer adventure exploring our local ecology and geology!

If you enjoy being outside and doing real life environmental science, then you are invited to submit a TWO PARAGRAPH ESSAY on why you want to be a Junior Conservationist! Space is limited to 40 participants.  Selected applicants will be notified.
Questions? Contact us at

Essays and a refundable deposit of $50 to hold the participant’s place in the program should be mailed NO LATER THAN JUNE 13th to the South Fayette Conservation Group: 515 Miller’s Run Rd. Morgan, PA 15064.

How do I register? You can print the registration form and information in the links above and mail your form in to the SFCG at the address listed above with your deposit.

How are students chosen? Students are chosen on a first come, first serve basis in combination with an essay showing genuine interest in participating and an ability to commit to attending the entire camp.

When will my child be notified of acceptance? SFCG will be notifying participants via email on or around June 20.

What happens to my deposit if my child is or is not accepted? All deposits will be due July 1. If your child is accepted, your $50 deposit will be processed. You will be refunded the $50 deposit at the completion of the summer camp.
If your child is accepted, but does not show up for the camp without notice of not being able to attend provided at least one week prior to the start date, the deposit will not be returned and will be donated to the South Fayette Conservation Group.
If your child is not accepted, your deposit will be not be processed – any checks will be voided and safely destroyed, other payment types refunded.

Where should I look for announcements related to this camp? Announcements about the camp will be made on this web page.

Should my child bring anything to camp? Wear shoes each day that are good for hiking, even days that we are at the library as we may be going outside near the library. No flip flops or open toed shoes.
We’ll have a lunch break each day. Pack a lunch that does not need to be refrigerated.

Remember to bring in a white t-shirt that we’ll use for our iron tie-dyeing!

On August 3rd (day 2 of week 1 – field trip to fossils cliff), feel free to bring any rock picks, magnifying lenses, binoculars or other simple outdoor gear etc. (Nothing expensive or valuable!)  Sunscreen and bug spray are recommended. A backpack for gear, water bottles and snack is recommended. Good hiking shoes are a must!

On August 10 (day 2 of week 2 – wetland walk) and August 12 (day 4 of week 2 – wingfield pines), good hiking shoes are a must! Sunscreen and bug spray are recommended. A backpack for gear, water bottles and snack is recommended.