Spots still available for YES Camp

Jun 12, 2014
Photo by: Donated YES CAMP — Pictured are campers standing in the soil pit at the test farm taking soil samples.

The Youth Environmental Stewardship (YES) Camp, offered by the Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District, will begin June 23.  Four spaces are still open for middle school students who enjoy being outdoors and learning more about the environment.

Activities include trips to Sliding Rock, the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center (Purchase Knob), the Cradle of Forestry, Francis Mill, Waynesville Water Plant, Haywood County Landfill, Materials Recovery Facility (recycling), a local dairy farm and the Waynesville Waste Treatment Plant. Students will hike at the Pink Beds, Purchase Knob and Devil’s Courthouse. They will use kick nets to catch macroinvertebrates in a local creek and determine water quality based on their findings. Other topics to be covered include a variety of environmental topics such as water and air quality, mountain bogs, plant identification, GPS, forestry, minerals and soil.

Parents have given the camp rave reviews, describing it as “an incredible experience” and an “awesome week of fun-filled, hands-on science and environmental activities that are curriculum based, yet they are so much fun that the kids don’t even recognize it as learning.”

The week-long camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with students meeting in the Tuscola parking lot. The camp is limited to 18 students with a $25 fee to be paid in advance. The YES Camp, in its 15th year, is funded by the Pigeon River Fund. Environmental science teachers Mark Ethridge, retired, and Sharon Flowe, from Tuscola, are the camp’s instructors. The camp is a two-year program; students attending the first week in June may return July 2015 for the second week.

For more information or to register a student, email or call Gail Heathman at Haywood SWCD at 452-2741, ext.131.