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August 02 - 04, 2021

Empowered Girls

Deep Roots Community Farm • W4406 County Road YY La CrosseWI  54601 Organized by Grow La Crosse
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The goal of this camp is to empower youth who identify as girls or under the non-binary umbrella, in a supportive environment to help them realize they are brilliant, creative, and fully capable of being the next generation of PhD students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. Each day at camp, the girls will be exposed to science, in particular biology, and how fun it can be. Curriculum topics will include the scientific method, data collection, sampling methods, and observation of the natural world. Each girl will be coached to propose and test their own hypothesis while on the farm. In addition, each girl will be asked to choose a particular component of our area’s natural history (such as aquatic organisms, native plants, insects, etc.) and learn to identify these organisms on the farm and a bit about their life cycles. Many scientists believe that if you know and love the world around you, curiosity and questions blossom. From this, comes real science in the fields of ecology, animal behavior, etc. Finally, the girls will be exposed to successful, happy, and brilliant women professors in science fields over lunch break. The women will describe their path to science and the girls will be able to ask questions. Empower Girls will be co-taught by Lila Planavsky and Ana Skemp. Lila (M.S. Education) currently teaches Library and HPL (high performance learning) Literature classes at Longfellow Middle School in La Crosse. She has a background in teaching Special Education and at inner city Milwaukee schools. Ana Skemp (M.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) researched how the environment affects behavior in spiders, bees, and praying mantids for her graduate work and has taught farm camps for the last five years. We are applying to the Women's Fund to make this program free to participants. Children will be asked to bring their own healthy snacks and lunch.


August 02 - 04, 2021

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

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Females Only


Deep Roots Community Farm

W4406 County Road YY La CrosseWI  54601

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