Junior Naturalist camp develops young environmentalists

By Stephanie Beard

Junior NaturalistElementary and middle school children learned about forests, wildlife and wetland resources this summer at Clemson’s Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science in Georgetown.

The Junior Naturalist program was held in two four-day camps that used both indoor and outdoor activities to teach children about the benefits people derive from nature, including clean air and water, recreation, and forest products. The campers also learned what they can do to help take care of natural resources so that they can continue to enjoy these benefits.

Participants measured tree height, diameter, and determined the age of trees by taking core samples. They also learned how to identify plants using a plant key. The program focused on Lowcountry habitats, including longleaf pine forests, swamp forests, and salt marshes.

For information: Stephanie Beard, 843-546-1013, ext. 235, slbeard@clemson.edu