Halifax SWCD Youth Conservation Camp

Students at the Halifax SWCD Youth Conservation Camp learning about Wildlife from Mark Slade of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

The Halifax Soil and Water Conservation District hosted their 45th Annual Youth Conservation Camp at Edmunds Park on Thursday, May 19.

Approximately 110 seventh-graders attended the camp and enjoyed learning about natural resources. Classes were conducted covering topics such as soil, water, wildlife, forestry, pollination and an overall view of all natural resources and their importance.

Qualified instructors from the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Department of Forestry, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Natural Resources, Halifax County Beekeepers, Shealy’s Southside Serpents and Master Gardeners conducted classes. Classes were 45 minutes in duration and provided students with opportunities for “hands on” learning.

After being welcomed by Conservation Specialist Rick Brown, the students attended classes during the morning and then enjoyed a delicious cookout luncheon.

Following lunch, students attended additional classes during the afternoon and concluded the day with refreshments before returning to school.

Halifax SWCD is grateful to the many volunteers who make this camp possible, as well as the many conservation colleagues who give their time toward environmental education.

Likewise, the district is grateful to area businesses and organizations that contributed funds to help offset the costs of the camp.

This year’s donors included Abbott’s Farm Supply, Benchmark Community Bank, Halifax Farm Credit, Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, J. M. Huber Co., Jerry Epps Landscaping, R. O. Harrell and Spaulding.

Plans for the next conservation camp are already being made.