Environmental Science Day Camp

Davidson Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) conducted a week long Environmental Science Day Camp during the week of Aug. 12th - 16th. This was the 11th 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.

Goal

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 through 12, and to help prepare them for the Envirothon Competitions.

Field Trips & Activities

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 many 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 learns 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

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 several different farms, while also viewing poultry production, swine production, dairy production, animal waste management, soils, BMP’s, and participated in many conservation and agricultural activities within our County. 

They participated in water quality issues, macro-invertebrates, environmental issues, and animal presentations. We traveled to Mountain Island State Educational Forest where the students learned about forest management practices, tree identification and tree measurements. We traveled to Hanging Rock State Park for hiking activities, viewed geology, rock formations, and participated in an animal habitat program. 

Camp Details

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 East Center Street in Lexington from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.