Lincoln Unified School District trustees last week approved funding to send all of the district’s sixth-graders to a weeklong science camp at Jones Gulch in La Honda in the 2015-16 school year.
School officials estimate the camp will cost $125,000 in total, and in previous years fundraising events such as crab feeds and candy sales helped pay for the five-day trip.
The camp focuses on ecology and gives students opportunities to participate in a variety of activities including forest hikes, a beach day, and a performing arts campfire.
Seeing how key ecological concepts function in nature, students will learn about adaptation, change, diversity, communities, ecosystems, cycles and interdependence.
Superintendent Tom Uslan recommended that the district commit to paying for the trip because of an increasing number of needy students and competing interests for limited fundraising resources.
The science camp will cost $280 for each participant, and the district is asking students and community groups to raise $254 per student. Families are asked to pay what they can.