2019 Summer Environmental Science Camp
A week long day camp was held August 12th - 16th and was directed by Andy Miller, Director of Davidson 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 11th 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 the areas that interested the the most.
We studied water quality, macro-invertebrates; tree identification; soils and best management practices (BMPs) at Piney Grove Farm; viewed poultry production at Fulton Farm; dairy production and animal waste management at Red Acres Dairy Farm; swine production and animal waste management at Loflin Farms; traveled to Mountain Island State Educational Forest where the students learned about forest management practices; and Hanging Rock State Park for an animal habitat program and hiking activities.
The Camp is especially beneficial to students participating in the North Carolina Envirothon Programs. Activities start and end at the Davidson County Agricultural Center located at 301 E. Center Street in Lexington from 8:00 am - 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.
Hanging Rock State Park Photo: Virginia McDonald, Gabrielle Soto, Molly Sidden, Allie Smith, Breanna Payne. Front Row: Emma Edwards and Emma Atkins.
Mountain Island State Educational Forest Photo: Front Row: Emma Edwards, Emma Atkins, Allie Smith, Molly Sidden, Breanna Payne and Gabrielle Soto. Back Row: Suzanne Teague, Ranger Joe, Smokey Bear, Forester Laura Shidal and Virginia McDonald.