High School Programs

Want to know whether a career in water sciences is right for you? Dive into field research during high school!

Participating in one of our hands-on summer camps and workshops offers you the opportunity to learn about Wisconsin’s water ecosystems and how to study them. You’ll get insight into potential career paths. And you’ll discover what it’s like to be a college student at a University of Wisconsin school.

The Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin supports a number of summer camps and workshops for high school juniors and seniors. Below are our 2022 opportunities.

A Freshwater Science Field Experience in Western Wisconsin: The First Step in Developing a Skilled Workforce
Locations: UW-Eau Claire, UW Oshkosh, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout
Date: June 2022

The Freshwater Science Field Experience (FSFE) is an outreach program targeting junior and senior high school students from across Wisconsin that will create a gateway for new undergraduate students interested in freshwater science. The FSFE will provide a week-long immersion experience into freshwater science topics in western Wisconsin. The FSFE offers a field intensive, hands-on learning opportunity that will utilize multidisciplinary activities (e.g., hydrogeology, stream flow studies, wetland investigations) to introduce student participants to a wide range of freshwater science topics in western Wisconsin. The fundamental goal of this program is to leverage student interest and participation in the FSFE to spark interest in a progressive, multi-phase intentional educational pathway through an undergraduate education into a career in freshwater science. Enrollment is now closed for 2022.

My River Adventures (MRA) Pre-College Camp
Location: UW-La Crosse
Date: July 2022

The UW-La Crosse MRA camp is a six-day residential camp for incoming 6-12 grade students. Students will use the UWL campus as their home base while they enjoy a week of instructional sessions and visits to rivers in the Driftless region for hands-on fieldwork and lab activities in collaboration with UWL faculty, local educators, and community members. This camp strives to foster recruitment, access, and aspirations for a career in STEM, specifically water-related sectors. Students will create connections with community leaders and educators who can introduce them to different career paths to increase their interest in STEM post-high school. More about program.

Freshwater Camp: A Summer Field Experience for High School Juniors
Location: UW-Parkside, UW-Whitewater
Date: June 2022

UW-Parkside and UW-Whitewater will offer a water-focused high school recruitment program in southeastern Wisconsin in June 2022. Opportunities for careers in freshwater are not well-known in underserved communities throughout the rural-urban corridor of this region. This program will highlight important freshwater habitats, build participants’ confidence and skills with hands-on field and laboratory activities, and present information on freshwater career and training opportunities to an initial cohort of 18 high school juniors from communities in southeastern Wisconsin. Registration available at https://www.uwp.edu/learn/continuingeducation/youth/stem.cfm