Soil and Plants in Agriculture Camp (SPAC)

University of Nebraska at Kearney


University of Nebraska at Kearney

The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) was founded in 1903.  The current undergraduate enrollment is just above 5,100 students.  The campus spans over 500 acres and is a public university in Kearney, Nebraska.   

This camp is lead by Dr. Paul Twigg and Dr. Julie Shaffer from the Department of Biology. Middle School youth learn the basics of soil science, use experiments to measure plant responses to stimuli and challenges, and investigate genetically modified crops. Youth will go out into the field and collect soil samples for testing.

Camp takes place in Bruner Hall of Science

Summer Camps: Essential Information

Who's Eligible?

Open to students entering 6th through 8th grades.

Camp Fee

The camp fee is $125.  Financial scholarships are available!

Extracurricular Activities

Youth will enjoy a trip to the UNK campus recreation center climbing wall 


Space is limited to 24 campers.

Supervision and Safety

Minimum of 1:10 teacher/counselor to student ratio. Certified faculty/teachers and experienced, trained undergraduates students/counselors.

Daily Camp Schedule

Approximately 8:30AM - 4:30PM. A complete schedule will be provided prior to camp. Lunch will be provided.