2022 AEGIS Summer Camp:

Project Wet'n'Wild



July 11- 24, 2022

This camp is made possible by: Academic

Enrichment for Gifted/Talented in Summer

grant from Arkansas Department of

Education, Division of Elementary and

Secondary Education

Note: This camp is for students in Arkansas only

Project Wet‘n’Wild will be held from July 11 - July 24 at Ozark Natural Science Center (ONSC), an outdoor science education facility located deep in the Ozark Mountains. Students at Wet’n’Wild will be able to unplug from electronic distractions and plug into the ever-changing and exciting world of field biology where evolving technology and field science merge.


This incredible opportunity offers students the chance to assist field scientists as they gather data and explore a variety of habitats in the Ozark Natural Division, including beautiful oak-hickory forests, glades, and the amazing free-flowing Kings River. The students will conduct hands-on field research in Bear Hollow Natural Area, owned and managed by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, and in the surrounding 14,000-acre McIlroy-Madison County Wildlife Management Area, owned and managed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in the heart of the Ozarks.

Students will track reptiles using radio-telemetry, assist ornithologists as they band birds captured in mist nets, monitor bats acoustically, search for fish and other aquatic life in the pools and riffles of the Kings River, examine the night sky, and more as they spend beautiful summer days and star-filled nights among the forest and river life.


Field studies will be complemented by an exposure to conservation literature, participation in Socratic Circle discussions of the writings of naturalists, and reflective journaling. Evening reflections on the ONSC deck will allow students to share their thoughts and experiences with their peers. A capstone glade field study, canoe trip on the Kings River, and an overnight camping experience will be the highlights of this week-long experience. 


  • Students must be from Arkansas

  • Students entering 10th & 11th grade during the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year are eligible for application and selection.

  • Students who plan to graduate from high school before attending Wet'n'Wild are not eligible to apply.

  • Students who have been accepted to AGS and plan to attend are not eligible to apply, as rules prohibit students from participating in more than one state-funded summer program each year.

    • ​Applicants must demonstrate:

      • Creativity and critical thinking in the field of science

      • Above average ability in the field of science

      • A high degree of self-motivation, to satisfy the program’s demanding requirements

      • The intellectual, social, and emotional maturity required to thrive in an environment that emphasizes theoretical and process-related learning

  • Nominees must be willing to commit to the entire program

  • All qualified students will be considered for selection regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, cultural, or language differences.  

Application Process (Applications open from March 1, 2022)

The following forms and documents must be submitted by Monday, May 18th for the student to be considered by our Selection Committee:

  1. Student Application to be completed and submitted online by the student. 

  2. Teacher/Community Member Recommendation to be completed and submitted by a teacher or community member (not a parent or guardian) who has experience in a working or learning environment with the student. Students will submit the Recommendation as a PDF document by uploading it within the Student Application.

Important Dates to Remember

Mar 1, 2022 - Online Application Process Opens

May 18, 2022 - Applications and Forms Due

May 23, 2022 - Selection Results Emailed to Schools and Students

June 13, 2021 - Accepted Students Registration Materials Due (Parent-Student Assurances Form and Medical Insurance Card)

July 11, 2022 - Opening Day of Project Wet'n'Wild

July 24, 2022 - Parent Day/Project Wet'n'Wild


For more details or information: contact 

Renee Valentine, ONSC Program Manager

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2022 Camp Schedule

DAY 1 - July 11th

Orientation, Hike


Bluff Shelter Hike

Bonding Games

Socratic Circle


DAY 2 - July 12th

Optional Bird Walk (all week)

The Kettle/Reynolds Falls hike

Primitive Skills Class 

Reading and solo journaling

Socratic circle

Observation Deck Twilight Hike



DAY 3 - July 13th


Kings River Overlook / Eagle's Nest Falls

Reading and solo journaling

Socratic circle

Meadow/Pond Entomology

Twilight Entomology


DAY 4 - July 14th

Bird walk and identification

Reading and solo journaling

Pond exploration

Withrow Spring/War Eagle snorkling

Socratic circle

Pond Review at Twilight 



DAY 5 - July 15th

Lost valley/Steel Creek - botany

Steel Creek - Set up camp 

Reading and solo journaling 

Swimming and relaxing 

Socratic circle

Campfire, Storytelling & Games 


DAY 6 - July 16th

Buffalo River Exploration

River Ecology

Reading and solo journaling

Socratic circle and free time



DAY 7 - July 17th

Reading and solo journaling

Bear Creek creekside hike

Clifty Creek spring – soil erosion 

Socratic circle

Night hike around Old Farm Loop



DAY 8 - July 18th

Kings river trip

Safety Lesson at riverside

Riverside Journaling

Riverside Camping

Socratic circle

Campfire Stories


DAY 9 - July 19th

River Trip Day 2 - Kings River 

Geology of the Ozarks

Reading and journaling

Socratic circle



DAY 10 - July 20th

ONSC Glade exploration hike

Beaver Lake exploration

Readings and journaling

Socratic circle

Campfire, Night games in rec field

DAY 11 - July 21st

War Eagle Mill riverside 

Readings and journaling

Swimming in the War Eagle

Socratic circle

Arkansas Bats

Board games


DAY 12 - July 22nd

Archeology Hike 

Readings and journaling

Parent Presentation prep

Pine Creek Exploration

Socratic circle

Extended Night Hike


DAY 13 - July 23rd


Readings and journaling

Snake and Turtle Ambassadors

Bear Creek exploration

Socratic circle



DAY 14 - July 24th

Parents arrive

Presentation, then families depart