Houston Museum of Culture
Camp Chiricahua (Adventure Learning Camp)
June 22-30, 2013 - Ages 9-12

Camp Chiricahua takes place in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeast Arizona. Participants are exposed to a broad range of educational subjects, including history, archaeology, geology, geography, ecology, forestry, social studies, anthropology, art, and many more. They are accompanied on their adventure, which includes hiking the mountainous terrain and exploring museums, research stations and historic sites, by experts in the field.

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Camp La Ventana (Adventure Learning Camp)
June 2014 - Ages 9-12

Camp La Ventana takes place in the Zuni Mountains of western New Mexico. Participants are exposed to a broad range of educational subjects, including history, archaeology, geology, geography, ecology, forestry, social studies, anthropology, art, and many more. They are accompanied on their adventure, which includes hiking the mountainous terrain and exploring museums, research stations and historic sites, by experts in the field.


Camp Chaco (Camp for Young Scholars)
July 20-28, 2013 - Ages 13-14

Camp Chaco takes place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mesa Verde National Park, with visits to Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Taos Pueblo. Participants examine an ancient civilization and compare it with other ancient civilizations of the world. Camp Chaco participants apply for a scholars hip to attend, giving them an understanding of the process before they begin high school.

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Camp Wichita (Environmental Education Camp)
To be announced - Ages 15-16

Camp Wichita takes place in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge of southwest Oklahoma. Participants learn about ecology, environmental stewardship and wildlife management, while exploring the Mt. Scott and the Wichita Mountains, as well as Native American communities and historic sites in the region.


Camp Cahokia (Anthropolgy/World Heritage Camp)
Dates and age range to be determined.

Our planned Camp Cahokia takes place on a tour of important Native American cultural centers though the lower Mississippi Valley, including the Spiro Mounds, Emerald Mound, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in western Illinois, and others. The advanced camp is expected to take place on a biennial basis.



Youth Programs

Houston Cool The objective is simple: By planting trees, You Make Houston Cool.

Houston Cool provides college interns with science backgrounds to schools in Houston's urban and industrial areas to help young students explore the benefits of trees. Students learn how trees help reduce the urban "heat island" effect and remove pollutants from the air. They even use math and science to understand the processes and calculate the positive impact of trees. They incorporate urban planning and artistic skills to determine where trees will have the greatest impact on the aesthetics and quality of life of their neighborhood or school. With an approved plan, they plant the trees during a community celebration.

The student plans and intended outcomes are shared with peer groups across the city to inspire a Houston Cool movement that is concerned with quality of life, health, environmental stewardship, beautification, civic pride and community improvement.

The program is part of Houston Institute for Culture's very successful media-based, hands-on youth education programs. In these programs, students utilize media tools, such as photography, digital storytelling and video, to engage the community and their peers about the most effective ideas to improve the world around them. Learn more at: www.houstoncool.org




Girls Excel Girls Excel pairs female mentors from area universities, who work in much-needed paid college internship positions, with middle school and high school girls in at-risk communities to provide mentoring and academic support. The students work together in small groups with their mentor to complete a media project, while having the support of a college role model, who is available on a weekly basis in the after-school program. Girls Excel focuses on east and southwest Houston communities where dropout rates are highest and college attendance is low. The program aims to raise self-esteem, motivate and inspire academic interests, while empowering young women to take an active role in their community or be a voice for marginalized groups within the school or neighborhood.

The projects that are facilitated by the college intern center around digital storytelling, which utilizes new media technology to produce new forms of media. The curriculum, originating from Dr. Bernard Robin at the University of Houston's College of Education, has proven highly successful in numerous area schools, as it has been implemented by Houston Institute for Culture for more than six years.

The Girls Excel program follows the same model as HIFC's previously successful programs in schools, but with a conscious effort to pair university women with girls' clubs in the schools to address issues that are raised from year to year, including: experiencing and becoming aware of sexism and media pressures; lack of college aspirations or motivation to complete high school; peer pressure; and, the traditional roles expected of many women in their home environment.


Houston Museum of Culture - Culture Camp   Educational Adventures for Students

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