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Lincoln Weather and Climate

National Weather Camp at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Campers at the UNL Weather Camp June, 2014

Next UNL Weather Camp: June 6-10, 2016

The application along with camp information is NOW available

LINK: Big Red Summer 2016 Camps

Check out the slide show of our Camp to the right>
And check out our photo galleries located below here>

Weather Camp Photo Galleries

Weather Camp June 2015
Weather Camp June 2014
Weather Camp June 2013
Weather Camp June 2012
Weather Camp June 2011

UNL Weather camp Director: Dr. Ken Dewey
(email:; Phone: 402-472-2908)

UNL Weather Camp Information Card

Weather Camp 2015 Sponsors:

Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UNL
KOLN/KGIN Television
LI-COR Instruments
National Drought Mitigation Center
School of Natural Resources, UNL
UNL Extension

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor of our weather camp? CLICK HERE

What is Weather Camp?
Weather Camp is a week-long day camp for students who are in High School at the time of the camps. The 2015 camp took place from Sunday evening June 7, 2015 through Friday afternoon, June 12, 2015. On Friday, June 12, 2015, in the afternoon the weather campers showcased their achievements at weather camp for their parents and friends. During the week, campers used instruments to make their own weather observations; learned how to forecast the weather; visited the National Weather Service forecast office in Valley, NE; learned about the local weather of Nebraska from tornadoes to blizzards; learned about storm preparedness; learned about weather and climate related careers; and, using our UNL TV weather studio, each camper created a video of their TV weathercaster skills in front of the green screen.

What ages are eligible for the Weather Camp?
The UNL Weather Camp is now part of the UNL Big Red Camp Program for High School Level students. It has become a residential camp, i.e. the campers will spend the week on campus and stay overnight in our East Campus dorms.

Transition from a Middle School to a High School Camp.
The first four UNL Weather camps (2011, 12, 13, 14) were Middle School day camps. Our camp evolved into a High School level residential camp for the June 2015 Weather Camp. Our Weather Camp is now part of the larger UNL Big Red Camp week occurring in June of each year.

Where does the UNL Weather Camp take place?
Most events at Weather Camp will take place at Hardin Hall, which is located on the East Campus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Hardin Hall is located at the intersection of 33rd and Holdrege Streets in Lincoln, NE. A few field trips are planned and will require travel to local places. Permission to travel will be required and transportation will be provided for the campers.

Weather Camp 2015 (last summer) Activities included:
A Visit with the Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the National Weather Service
Meeting a television weathercaster
Touring the National Weather Service forecast office
Seeing Storm Chase Tornado Intercept movies
Meeting several weather and climate scientists
Learning about weather, climate and other science careers
Conducting actual weather experiments in our lab and outside using instruments
Meeting with the National Drought Mitigation Center
Touring Memorial Stadium and collecting micro-climate data in the stadium
Doing actual weather research in our computer lab
Morning and afternoon snacks as well as a lunch are provided each day

How do I apply?
LINK>>>the 2016 application will be available in Spring 2016.

Space is very limited so plan on applying quickly once the applications are available.

National Weather Camp Program.
The University of Nebraska was accepted into the National Weather Camp Program
in 2011 as a member of a growing network of Weather Camps offered throughout
the U.S. Learn more about the national program at this LINK.

Weather Camp Promotional Posters:
UNL Weather Camp 2015 Poster
UNL Weather Camp 2014 Poster
UNL Weather Camp 2013 Poster
UNL Weather Camp 2012 Poster

Weather Camp Information Brochure:
UNL Weather Camp Advertising Brochure

National Weather Camp Meeting, Atlanta, GA, February 2014:
Two UNL Weather Camp Posters

National Weather Camp Program
News Story about our Weather Camp (2014)
News Story about our Weather Camp (2013)
News Story about our Weather Camp (2013)
News Story about our Weather Camp (2012) link currently unavailable
News Story about Our Weather Camp (2011) link currently unavailable