Who needs summer camp when you can go to OHSU’s ‘Camp Monkey’?

07/28/11  Portland, Ore.

OHSU’s primate center hosts a science camp this Friday for the region’s future researchers

More than 70 local middle-school students will attend a summer camp like no other this Friday, July 29, as Oregon Health & Science University launches its first ever “Camp Monkey.” The day camp, which will be held at OHSU's Oregon National Primate Research Center, will allow students to a hands-on experience in science.

Across the 165 acres of OHSU's West campus, various workstations will be set up allowing students to learn about:

  • Comparative anatomy among humans, primates and other animals — This workshop will help students understand the role of animals in developing new health treatments for humans and animals alike – specifically in the area of reproductive medicine.
  • Genetics — Students will study the structure of DNA, learn basic the concepts of inheritance, and use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to separate DNA fragments.
  • Monkey behavior — Students will get an up-close view of the animals that live at the primate center. The students will also chat with one of the primate center’s animal behaviorists and learn about these amazing animals that tell us so much about ourselves.
  • Environmental enrichment — Providing environmental enrichment is important when caring for captive species. Students will make monkey treats and toys.
  • Poisons in our Environment — Students will learn how environmental contaminants affect wild populations of monkeys, frogs, fish, mice and alligators and gain a better appreciation for the importance of good environmental practices.
  • Endangered Species — Students will learn how in vitro fertilization and cryopreservation techniques are saving endangered species. They will practice these techniques through a simulation exercise.

Camp Monkey is sponsored by the Society for the Study of Reproduction. The society will hold its annual meeting in downtown Portland July 31 to Aug. 4.

Editors note: Camp monkey will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 29. The event will be highly visual and reporters/photographers are invited to attend. Contact Jim Newman in OHSU's communications office for more information.


The Oregon National Primate Research Center at OHSU is a registered research institution, inspected regularly by the United States Department of Agriculture. It operates in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act and has an assurance of regulatory compliance on file with the National Institutes of Health. The ONPRC also participates in the voluntary accreditation program overseen by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state’s only health and research university, and only academic health center. As Portland's largest employer and the fourth largest in Oregon (excluding government), OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in the state. It serves more than 184,000 patients, and is a conduit for learning for more than 3,900 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.