Elkus + GES Evaluation

Elkus GES Evaluation

Research-Practice Continuum

Learning about water pollution with GES Anna
Learning about water pollution with GES Anna
Kids exam their insect collections
Kids exam their insect collections
Paper making
Paper making
This past summer, the Elkus Ranch Summer Camp Program received evaluation support from our colleagues at UC Davis and UC Berkeley! Dr. Wei-ting Chen, NFCS Advisor and interim County Director, worked together with Dr. Vikram Koundinya, CE Specialist from UC Davis, as a mentoring team through the Graduate Student in Extension program which provides opportunities for graduate students to engage with real work in Cooperative Extension. We were fortunate to have Emily Kearney, PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley join us for the summer! We designed a mixed-methods study with the goal of using the data to improve our operational and instructional practices and inform future curriculum updates. We took careful notes of campers’ response to science activities and had campers’ complete surveys at the end of each day. In addition, we asked teen camp helpers to complete paper surveys and had parents complete electronic surveys. Because our campers are elementary-aged children, we thought that drawings and sketches would be more appropriate than written response to capture their favorite parts of the day – and some campers sure enjoyed having this creative outlet at the days end! (Picture of a girl brushing one of our donkeys, drawn by a 10-year-old camper). Preliminary results from the Elkus Ranch summer camp evaluation project will be shared at the 2018 NAEPSDP National Conference and Annual Meeting in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Thank you, to all the campers, camp helpers, and parents for completing the surveys – we look forward to using the information you shared with us to deliver more fun and educational summer camp programming next year!