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New to Gardner Camp - Digital StarLab Planetarium
A recent $35,000 donation will show Quincy area students that the sky is the limit when it comes to learning. The Rotary Foundation of Quincy presented the donation to the Pin Oak Foundation to help purchase a digital StarLab Planetarium, a unique learning experience in astronomy for area youth. Gardner Camp, in turn, is the direct beneficiary of this donation.
This donation advances the Rotary’s desire to support opportunities for improving our communities today by investing in the generation of tomorrow. By underwriting the StarLab, Rotarians are also supporting STEM education. (STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math.) STEM helps students acquire useful skills for making informed, inquiry-based decisions and students to build foundations for success in their futures, regardless of their chosen career. “We are tremendously grateful to the Rotary Foundation of Quincy. This donation allows us to bring a museum-quality planetarium to youth in our community and expand science learning for our schools,” states Amy Lefringhouse, Gardner Camp’s Executive Director. (10/2020) Learn more about our Astronomy program.
Gardner Camp partners with organizations to offer youth the highest caliber mentoring and instruction on subjects related to hunter safety, hunting heritage, waterfowl and migratory birds, wildlife, and habitat management through a variety of educational strategies. This will include teaching youth the basic skills, values, techniques, and responsibilities of hunting. Gardner Camp wishes to partner with organizations to increase the number of youth who participate in hunting activities and provide a safe, positive hunting experience for all youth.
Interested in hunting at Gardner Camp? Find out more information and how to apply here.
Gardner Camp collaborates with youth-serving non-profit organizations in offering high-quality outdoor recreation and science-based programming to achieve shared positive outcomes that benefit youth. We provide programming in these areas:
- Wetland & Waterfowl Ecology
- Wildlife Education & Management
- Outdoor Skills - Orienteering, Fire Building, Shelter Building, Backpacking
- River History & Archaeology
- Nature Art & Photography
- Hunting and Trapping Safety
For additional details on our program offerings, see our 'You Pick' Program Menu
If your classroom or youth group would like more information on scheduling an outdoor education activity, please contact us at email@example.com or 217/432-1999.
Gardner Camp partners with non-profit organizations in offering unique shooting sports facilities, education, and events in the disciplines of archery, air rifle, and shotgun.
- Archery - basic and intermediate instruction on both Genesis compound bows and Mathews Mission bowhunting equipment - we offer a static range and 3-D range winding through the woods
- Air Rifle - basic instruction on standard break-over air rifles - we offer a static range and interactive target stations within the woods
- Shotgun - basic instruction on safe, proper shooting techniques - we offer 20 gauge shotguns and an automatic trap thrower that can present targets at varying angles and elevation
- Wingshooting - the act or practice of shooting at game birds in flight or at flying targets - we offer Wingshooting Clinics in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
If your youth group would like more information on scheduling a shooting sports activity, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217/432-1999.
During this time of year, we are hosting mentored youth hunts. Our hunting spots are filled for this season, however, if you wish to be placed on the waiting list or to apply to hunt next season, please complete our application here.
Scout Badge Completion Sheets
Shooting Sports: Air Gun Boy Scouts