June 14 - June 20

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 June 14 - June 20 at the Ozark Natural Science Center, 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 get to conduct hands-on field research in the 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 in the absolutely beautiful nature of the Ozarks. 


  • Students entering 10th & 11th grade during the upcoming 2020-2021 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 should have demonstrated:

      • Creativity and critical thinking in the field of science

      • Above average ability in the field of science

      • A high degree of self-motivation required 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 March 23rd 2020)

All forms and documents related to the application process must be submitted by Friday, May 1st

The following forms and documents must be submitted by the deadline for the student to be considered by our Selection Committee.

For each student applying:

Student Application to be completed and submitted online by the student. Click here to fill out the application online.
Teacher/Community Member Recommendation to be completed and submitted online 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 enter their teacher's email address and then we will contact the person directly for their recommendation)

Important Dates to Remember

March 23rd, 2020 - Online Application Process Opens

May 1st, 2020 - Applications and Forms Due

May 15th, 2020 - Selection Results Emailed to Schools and Students

May 22nd, 2020 - Accepted Students Registration Materials Due (Parent-Student Assurances Form and Medical Insurance Card)

June 14th, 2020 - Opening Day of Project Wet'N'Wild

June 20th, 2020 - Parent Day/Project Wet'N'Wild

For more details or information:

Renee Valentine,

Note: We are monitoring the pandemic closely and will decide if these camp dates should be moved into July as summer nears.

Thank you for your understanding!


The Ozark Natural Science Center is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) residential field science education center located in Northwest Arkansas.

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Huntsville, AR  72740