Soil and Water

 Environmental Science Camp

   
                         SUMMER ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE DAY CAMP
 
Davidson SWCD conducted a week long Environmental Science Day Camp during the week of July 17th - 21st.  This was the 9th summer our camp has been offered.  We incorporate numerous field trips to various locations, and conduct classroom instructions with an emphasis on natural resources, water, soils, forestry, wildlife and the environment.  Various topics relating to the environmental sciences were covered.
 
The goal of the Camp is to develop in the students an appreciation of the world around them so that they may become good stewards of the community they live in.  The Camp is also designed to provide insight into a variety of environmental science issues for students in grades 6-12, and to help prepare them for the Envirothon Competitions. 
 
Field trips allow the students to see what is happening within their environment right in their home County.  Students experience science in the real world with assistance of professionals in each of the subject areas.  The group visit local sites to see how the people of Davidson County work to protect and improve our environment.
 
Activities from agriculture and forestry to construction and industry are studied to learn how each group works to ensure that Davidson County continues to be a great place to work and live.  Activities are adapted so that each student learned at their level. 
 
Classroom time also utilizes fun - hands on activities to explore the environmental sciences. There will be plenty of time for students to ask questions and learn about the areas that interested them the most. 
 
This year's camp included many field trips, presentations and activities on our natural resources, water, soils, forestry, and the environment. The students viewed best management practices at Piney Grove Farm and participated in activities with the Mobile Soils Classroom. They participated in water activities and water quality issues at Finch Park with representatives from Piedmont Triad Regional Council.  We traveled to Mountain Island State Educational Forest where the students learned about forest management practices, tree identification and tree measurements. Students visited Dan Nicholas Park for an informative and educational Reptile Program, studied ecosystems at High Rock Lake Dam, and traveled to Morrow Mountain for geogology, rock identification and ecosystem programs. 
 
The Camp is especially beneficial to students participating in the North Carolina Envirothon Program.  Activities start and end at the Davidson County Agricultural Center located at 301 E. Center Street in Lexington from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Group size is limited to 25 students. Transportation is provided for field trips. Students are required to bring their own lunch. Snacks and drinks are provided. Call us at 336-242-2075 for more information.
 
2016 Summer Environmental Science Camp Events  
The 2016 camp was held August 15th through August 19th.  The camp incorporated numerous field trips, classroom presentations and many activities with an emphasis on water, soils, forestry, natural resources, and the environment.  The students learned about forest management practices at Mountain Island State Educational Forest in Gaston and Lincoln Counties, and studied macro-invertebrates and participated in water quality activities at Finch Park with Piedmont Triad Regional Council.  We traveled to the NC Wildlife Resources Commission in Raleigh for an animal program and wildlife presentations on Piedmont Habitats.  A stop was made at Umstead State Park to view the work of the CCC.  The group traveled to Pilot Mountain State Park to learn about the geology of Pilot Mountain and toured the visitors center for a focus on the CCC accomplishments.  Best Management Practices were viewed and soils were studied at Piney Grove Farm. The group had the opportunity to view dairy production and operations at Red Acres Farm.
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
2015 Summer Environmental Science Camp Events
The 2015 camp was held July 27th through July 31st.  The camp incorporated numerous field trips, classroom presentations and activities with an emphasis on water, soils, forestry, and the environment. The students visited Finch Park for watershed identification, studied about long leaf pines and participated in ecosystem exploration at Weymouth Woods, toured Town Creek Indian Mounds Cultural Impacts, studied water quality, macro-invertebrates, and stream assessment and comparisons at Deep River, viewed best management practices at Red Acres Dairy Farm, and traveled to Mountain Island State Educational Forest where the students learned about forest management practices, tree identification and tree measurements. Students visited the Dig-It Secrets of the Soil Exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.  They also participated in stream walking activities. The camp provides insight into a variety of environmental science issues for students to help prepare them for the Envirothon Competitions.