Science camp upcoming

April 19, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Thanks to a grant from the Scioto Foundation, area youngsters will get a great education and have fun in the process at a science camp at Camp Oyo and Shawnee State Park, July 22-24.

“This will be our first year, and the camp is titled CSI Shawnee. The CSI stands for Conservation Science Investigation,” Kate Sowards, education coordinator for the Scioto Water Conservation District, said. “We’re going to take 48 students this first year for two nights and two days, and we will take them out and do several different investigations.”

Sowards said the students from grades 5-7 will be doing wildlife studies, lake studies and stream studies.

“We’ll be looking through the stream and doing water quality testing and catching the macroinvertebrates that live in the stream. We’ll learn how to canoe. Then they will take the canoes out into the lake do testing of the water quality in the lake,” Sowards said. “And also mapping at the bottom of the lake.”

Sowards said the students will also be given the opportunity to learn Global Positioning System units, and forestry skills.

“We’ve got a professor coming from Shawnee State University to help the children catch insects and make insect collection boards, and learn about the insects,” Sowards said. “We’re trying to learn about any different realms of natural science that we can, and to help them to build skills and gain experiences. We have a lot of professionals in the area that are contributing their time to help with this or visit with the students.”

Sowards said, with the help of the grant funds, the camp will only be $25. The kids will be camping at Camp Oyo, but will be working in cooperation with Shawnee State Park, meaning they will be doing investigations on both properties.

Parents wishing to enroll their children can go to the organization’s website - www.sciotoswcd.org. There is a CSI Shawnee registration link where they can open the form and fill it out, and send it it. Sowards said those wanting to enroll do not need to send any money yet. Forty-eight students will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.