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Dragonfly Detectives Mini-camp

  • 9:30am Monday, August 06, 2018 - 12:30pm Friday, August 10, 2018

What: Dragonfly Detectives is an inquiry-based, science discovery program where students study dragonflies in the field and collect data to contribute to scientific research.  This mini-camp engages youth in the project over a 5-day period in a half day, day-camp style setting.

Who: North Carolina students; rising 5th–8th graders

When: August 6–10, 9:30am–12:30pm

Where: Prairie Ridge Ecostation, 1671 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh NC 27607. Note that this class takes place entirely outdoors.

Why: Students will learn how to make hypotheses, collect data, analyze their results, and will have the opportunity to publicly present their findings. Participants will also learn about aquatic systems, animal migrations, dragonfly identification, careers in science — all while doing a variety of fun, educational, and hands-on activities. Each student will take home a toolkit so they can continue to study science and contribute to citizen science on their own!

A $25 deposit is required. We require a $25 deposit per person, payable by check or cash, to hold your place in this program.  Your deposit will be reimbursed upon completion of the first day of camp, thereby making the camp free of charge. Note that refunds are available for cancellations made before 5pm on August 3.  No refunds will be made for cancellations made after that date nor for participants who fail to attend the first day of camp.  Instructions for where to send your payment will be sent once you start your registration by contacting us through the email address below.

This program is free to participants thanks to a grant from the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund.

To inquire about registration please email julie.r.hall@naturalsciences.org.


*Registration is complete when Permission Form is received.

**Priority is given to students new to the Dragonfly Detectives program.  Returning students will be placed on a waitlist, which will fill openings two weeks prior to the start of the program on July 23.


  • Fee: Free, but a $25 deposit is required to hold your place.
  • Requirements: Pre-registration required; dress for being outside; closed-toed shoes required.
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August 6 @ 9:30 am
August 10 @ 12:30 pm
Free, but a $25 deposit is required to hold your place.


Julie Hall


Prairie Ridge Outdoor Classroom

Prairie Ridge
1671 Gold Star Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607 United States
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