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 students.

UW-Green Bay High School Freshwater Summer Scholars Internship Program: Summer 2024

The High School Freshwater Summer Scholars internship program provides students with PAID opportunities for exploration and engagement with water science. Students are matched through an application and interview process with a UW-Green Bay mentor engaged in freshwater-centered research. In addition to the research project, students will have enhanced opportunities to explore water science careers and research through field trips and presentations. They will be invited to present a poster of their work at the annual Lakeshore Water Summit, held on the Manitowoc campus in October 2024.

Apply by April 15. Students currently enrolled in high school, including seniors who are graduating in Spring 2023, are eligible for this program.

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Freshwater Science Summer Field Experience: June 16-21, 2024

Wisconsin’s freshwater lakes, streams, and groundwater are an important resource and vital to a sustainable future. Faculty from UW-Eau Claire, UW-Oshkosh, UW-River Falls and UW-Stout invite current high school juniors to spend a week with us exploring western Wisconsin’s freshwater resources, and to learn about freshwater-related degree programs and potential careers. Meet students from across the state as you explore Wisconsin’s waterways. Program costs are covered by the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin. Priority deadline is Dec. 1, 2023. Applications will be accepted after the priority deadline, with acceptances dependent on enrollment capacity.

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Freshwater High School Camp: July 8-10, 2024

Dive into freshwater sciences at UW Oshkosh’s three-day camp for high school students. Conduct hands-on research, pilot water drones, explore waterways on a pontoon boat, learn about freshwater college majors and careers, and enjoy fun evening activities in the residence halls. Aside from a $25 participation fee, all costs will be covered by the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin. The experience includes two nights of lodging, meals, activities, and all learning costs. Limited to 20 participants. Register here.

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My River Adventures (MRA): July 21-24, 2024

Explore careers in STEM and learn from UW-La Cross faculty in this multi-day camp for incoming 8-12 grade students. Students will use the UW-La Crosse 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 UW- La Crosse faculty, local educators and community members.

Applications will go live Spring of 2024. Priority admission will be given to Wisconsin residents who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

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