Golden Bear Biosustainability Summer Science Camps
Biosustainability Club Hosts New Summer Science Camps for Kids in Newly Built Aquaponics Greenhouse on Temecula Valley High School Campus
Spots remain available; sign-ups accepted now
These all-new science enrichment summer camps are being hosted on the Temecula Valley High School campus by the TVHS Biosustainability Club. Spaces remain available, but they’re going fast.
Each of the one-week sessions will be held in the new aquaponics greenhouse on the TVHS campus. Campers will participate in hands-on scientific activities while learning lab techniques, how to document and analyze data, exploring biology and chemistry, and studying the ecological balance between animals and plants in nature.
The cost to attend a session is $100. Students from any elementary or middle school are welcome. Each session runs Tuesday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-12:15pm daily, with a daily snack, served at 10:15 a.m. Each camp participant will receive a T-shirt. Registration is limited to 35 campers per week. Camp dates are:
Elementary School Week 1: FULL- Registration closed
Elementary School Week 2: FULL- Registration closed
Middle School Week 1: July 10- 13
Middle School Week 2: July 17-20
The TVHS Biosustainability Club formed in the fall of 2017. TVHS students built an aquaponics greenhouse on campus with seed funds from a $20,000 Institute For Teaching Grant. The campus aquaponics greenhouse was designed and built by the TVHS students. It features four 300-gallon tilapia tanks, four grow beds and four tilapia brooding/fingerling tanks. Food grown will be donated to the Temecula Food Pantry and for use in the high school’s new culinary arts program.
Under the guidance of TVHS Advanced Placement Biology teacher Toby Brannon, Biosustainability students have designed a summer camp curriculum for elementary and middle school students seeking to learn about aquaponics, sustainable farming and related topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Aquaponics is a process that combines hydroponics and aquaculture to cultivate organic produce and fish without use of soil. Aquaponics relies on symbiotic relationships between fish, naturally occurring bacterial culture and the plants being cultivated. Students in the Biosustainability Club and the new elective class at TVHS will use proceeds from the summer camp to further expand the aquaponics system and to begin work on a photovoltaic array that will power the system.