Herpetological Research Experience (HRE): Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center (CCR)


Location

Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center is located on a 365-acre tract of eastern deciduous forest at a North Carolina Environmental Education Center near Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Overview of Events

Since 2007, we have spent one week each summer and six follow-up days later in the year collecting and sharing data on local populations of reptiles and amphibians.

We follow Boykin Spaniel dogs through woods and fields to find box turtles, wade through wetlands at night to catch and identify calling frogs, walk in puddles and small vernal pools to study local salamander species, check traps for new and recaptured aquatic turtles, examine the snakes that cross our paths, and have a great time outdoors. Following the summer HRE, there are optional Saturday or weekend field trips during the Academic School year. Take a look at some of the follow up field trips that current HRE students are enjoying!

Attend the CCR HRE

How do I participate?

This next HRE program at CCR will will run from June 15 – June 20, 2014. The program is free to all participants thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation. In order to participate in this program, students must submit a completed application. Applications will be reviewed and approximately 30 students will be selected. On the application you will indicate your preference for either the Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center or the Rockfish location. There are 2 ways to apply. Click here to apply online (preferred). Additionally, the application may be downloaded as a PDF – HRE 2014 Application or as a .doc – HRE 2014 Application

Who can participate?

We accept approximately 30 students from across the state each summer for the CCR site. Students should be rising 9th through 12th graders (during the school year following the HRE).

When is the next HRE at Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center?

The next HRE at Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center will be held from June 15 – June 20, 2014.

For more information about the Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center, visit their Web site.