The Halifax Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) hosted its 48th Annual Youth Conservation Camp at Edmunds Park on Friday, April 5.

This year’s camp was attended by 130 sixth-graders from Halifax County Middle School. The students spent the day learning about conservation and natural resources.

Instructors and volunteers from the Halifax County Beekeepers Association, Halifax County High School Agriculture Department, Southside Master Gardener Association, Dan River Basin Association, Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Cooperative Extension and Southside and Halifax Soil and Water Conservation District provided the students with hands-on learning opportunities.

Classes were presented covering forestry, livestock, plant identification, pollination, soils, watersheds, stream monitoring and wildlife.

The students enjoyed a full day of classes along with a pizza lunch prepared at the park.

The Halifax Soil and Water Conservation District is grateful for the volunteers and conservation colleagues who dedicate their time to environmental education and make this camp possible.

Additionally, SWCD sponsors expressed appreciation to the area businesses and organizations that made financial contributions to help offset the cost of the camp. This year’s donors included Farm Credit of the Virginias, Huber Engineered Woods, Owen Fencing LLC, Fry Jordan and Wilson and H&M Logging Inc.