2018 Summer Environmental Science Camp

A week long day camp was held August 6th - 10th and was directed by Andy Miller, Davidson County Director of Soil & Water Conservation District.  The camp was 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. This is the 10th summer our camp has been offered and we incorporated numerous field trips and conducted classroom instructions with an emphasis on water, soils, forestry, and the environment.  

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 was plenty of time for students to ask questions and learn about areas that interested them the most. 

We studied the water cycle, water quality, macro-invertebrates, geology, soils, and best management practices at Piney Grove Farm; viewed dairy production and animal waste management at Red Acres Dairy Farm; traveled to Mountain Island State Educational Forest where the students learned about forest management practices; Weymouth Woods long leaf pine ecosystems; Morrow Mountain watersheds; water quality and stream walking activities at Deep River; geology at Mt. Jefferson State Park and the group visited erosion sites as well.

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 8:00 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.