248 Freeman Aquatic Building
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX 78666
History of the Camp: The Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp, formerly the Aquatic Studies Camp, has educated students about freshwater science since 1988. During this time over 2,500 students ages 9-15 and more than 170 teachers have participated in the program.
About the Program The camp curriculum involves a combination of educational and recreational activities.
The educational activities include:
- collecting of plankton from ponds on the university campus - collecting of aquatic invertebrates from the San Marcos River or Sessom Creek - microscope labs - a glass-bottom boat ride - educational displays and a tour of a wetland at Aquarena Center - conducting tests for physical and chemical properties of water - a lesson in scuba and snorkeling
Recreational activities include:
- swimming and tubing in the San Marcos River - cave tours - swimming in a spring-fed swimming pool at Landa Park in New Braunfels - a raft trip on the Guadalupe River - a trip to Sea World
Housing and Meals Students and teachers stay in a domitory on the Texas State University campus. Meals are eaten in the dining hall at Texas State University and in local restaurants.
Camp Instructional Personnel Dr. Glenn Longley is Director of the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center at Texas State University. After earning a B.S. degree in Biology at Southwest Texas State, he received his M.S. degree in Zoology and his Ph.D. in Environmental Biology at the University of Utah.
Mr. Lendon Gilpin is Assistant Director of Education for the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center. He earned a B.S. degree in Range Science from Texas A&M University. He attended Southwest Texas State University, where he obtained his teacher certification in Biology and Life/Earth Science and his M.S. in Biology, with an area of emphasis in Aquatic Biology. He has been the camp director since 1995.
Educational activities are taught by staff at Texas State University and by certified teachers.