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Outdoor Education Center @ Camp Olympia

Camp Olympia is situated on 101 acres in the piney woods of East Texas on Lake Livingston.  This picturesque location is an ideal environment for experiencing nature first-hand for its Outdoor Education Center at Camp Olympia.  

For over 40 years, Camp Olympia was the facility for the Houston Independent School District Outdoor Education Center (HISD OEC.)  Although Olympia’s exclusive partnership with HISD has ended, Olympia is continuing to provide first-rate outdoor education.  Former HISD certified teachers lead the Camp Olympia Outdoor Education Center to ensure that the exceptional quality of hands-on, educational programming will continue for schools and districts throughout the area.  

Accommodations:
Cabins are setup for group building, with 14-20 bunks in each. Girls’ cabins are on one end of camp with boys’ cabins on the other. All cabins have heat and air conditioning. Indoor meeting space, including audio and visual equipment, is also available. Camp Olympia can provide bed linens and towels upon request.

Activities/Programs:
3-Day/2-Night Programs are standard, but day programs and longer programs are available upon request. Our staff will work with your group to create an experience tailored to your specific needs. 

Groups can choose from activities such as Forest Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Fishing, Canoeing,  Geology, Conservation, Team-building, Orienteering, High Ropes, Gardening, Texas History, Horseback, Astronomy, First Tee Golf, and Archery.  Our curriculum is carefully aligned with the TX TEKS. 

Staff is trained in best practices for outdoor education based upon the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science BEETLES Leadership Institute for Science Education.

Contact Us:
For more information about the Outdoor Education Center @ Camp Olympia or to book your school, please contact Kim Williams via email at OutdoorEd@campolympia.com or via phone at 936-594-7074.

                                            

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Forest Ecology

Students will explore a forest ecosystem while practicing scientific methods of observation and inquiry.

Aquatic Ecology

Students will collect and identify organisms from Lake Livingston in order to create an aquatic food web.

Fishing

Students will identify the form and function of adaptations of fish they catch.

Canoeing

Students will work with a partner to control a canoe. The learners will discuss paddling as an experiment involving force and motion.

Conservation

Students will participate in an ongoing conservation project such as a wildlife survey, habitat improvement, tree planting, or invasive exotic removal.

Orienteering

Students will use a compass to find degree bearings and navigate through a series of secret messages to solve a riddle.

Team-building

Students will engage in critical thinking, problem solving, and cooperative learning to reach their goals through fun and challenging tasks. Rock climbing walls and other high challenges allow individuals to push boundaries with encouragement from peers.

Gardening

Students will learn about cycles while working in a real garden and sampling the produce.

Archery

Students will learn range safety and the basics of archery.

Geology

Students explore real landforms to describe the rock cycle and examine the effects of physical processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition.

Astronomy

Students will explore the solar system and galaxy by recognizing the movement of celestial bodies and peering deep into the night sky.

Texas History

Students will create a handmade product to relate to how the Industrial Revolution changed life during the 19th century.