Watershed adventure

Watershed adventure campers this year are (from left) Josh Brown, Kolby Layne, Samantha Burns, Noah Waller and Jonathan Tulloh.

The Halifax Soil and Water Conservation District sponsored five local students who attended the 17th Annual Watershed Adventure Camp at Staunton River State Park held June 19-23.

A total of 18 students from Halifax, Lake Country and Southside Soil and Water Conservation Districts attended this five-day program to learn about a variety of natural resources and environmental conservation topics.

Valuable assistance came from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the staff at Staunton River State Park, Dominion Energy, Halifax County Parks and Recreation, Jim and Ginger Zeigler and the Halifax Beekeepers Association, SWCD employees, Virginia Cooperative Extension, VCE-Southside Master Gardener Association and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Camp participants were chosen based upon the submission of applications stating their interest and experience in environmental issues.The curriculum of this fun and educational week included: watershed and map study, soils, forestry, tree and plant identification, pollination, wildlife, stream quality surveying, biological and chemical water monitoring, canoe safety and canoeing, a tour of the Dominion Energy-Clover Power Plant and several natural resources themed arts and crafts projects.

The Watershed Adventure Camp was administered cost-free to the students; lunches, snacks, drinks, travel and incidental expenses were made possible through monetary donations from Abbott Farm Suppliers Inc., B&B Consultants, Benchmark Bank-Kenbridge, Benton-Thomas Inc., Boyd Honda, Charlotte County Farm Bureau, Colonial Agricultural Education Foundation Inc., Cooper Insurance Agency, Dominion Energy-Clover Station, Drs. Campbell and Rutherford, DDS, Morgan Lumber Company Inc., Owen Fencing LLC, Spaulding Equipment Company Inc., Tri-County Ford Inc. and Wagstaff Construction Services Inc.

The students from Halifax County who attended the camp were Josh Brown, Samantha Burns, Kolby Layne, Jonathan Tulloh and Noah Waller.

Each year the Halifax Soil and Water Conservation District chooses up to 10 fourth/fifth grade students to attend the Watershed Adventure Camp.

Anyone interested in attending the Watershed Adventure Camp in the future may contact Halifax Soil and Water Conservation District at 434-476-7923 or visit www.halifaxswcd.org for more information.