2021 AEGIS Summer Camp: Project Wet'n'Wild



Sunday, July 25 - Saturday, July 31

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

Project Wet‘n’Wild will be held from July 25 - July 31 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 entering 10th & 11th grade during the upcoming 2021-2022 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 on April 1, 2021)

The following forms and documents must be submitted by Wednesday, June 30th 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

April 1, 2021 - Online Application Process Opens

May 28, 2021 - Applications and Forms Due

June 11, 2021 - Selection Results Emailed to Schools and Students

June 21, 2021 - Accepted Students Registration Materials Due (Parent-Student Assurances Form and Medical Insurance Card)

July 25, 2021 - Opening Day of Project Wet'n'Wild

July 31, 2021 - Parent Day/Project Wet'n'Wild


For more details or information: contact Renee Valentine, ONSC Program Manager

Ozark Natural Science Center's Covid-19 Response: ONSC is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our staff and visitors and follows all state directives and recommendations for indoor and outdoor gatherings, including the use of cloth face coverings, physical distancing, hand hygiene, and enhanced cleaning protocols. 

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