Science Adventures: Exploring Science in Nature

— Written By Alyson Hoffman and last updated by Leeann Crump
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Recently, Richmond County 4-H, Millstone 4-H Camp and Richmond County 5th grade teachers teamed up to offer 585 5th grade students an amazing learning opportunity! With the help of N.C. Forestry Service, Soil and Water Conservation, Richmond County Beekeepers, Richmond County Livestock Agent Tiffanee Conrad, Sandhills Area Land Trust, Sandhills Research Station, N.C. Climate Office, N.C. Wildlife Commission, N.C. Hunter Safety Education and a whole host of 4-H Volunteers, 5th grade students from Richmond County were able to spend an entire day at Millstone 4-H Camp learning.

Science Adventures has been offered by the Richmond County 4-H program for over a decade and continues to change and offer new and exciting educational sessions. New this year, included making paper with the N.C. Forest Service and how prescribed burns can be beneficial to certain species of tress including the long leaf pine, North Carolina’s state tree, presented by Jesse Wimberley of Sandhills Land Area Trust. In addition, students were able to visit and learn about the the “Peanut House” or “The House that Peanuts Built” at Millstone 4-H Camp. This 4-H museum was a gift from the Ellis family and tells about how Rudolph Carl Ellis built a business with the start of a 4-H project in peanuts.

Richmond County Livestock Agent Tiffanee Conrad, and 4-H member Faith Thompson, introduced students to where food comes from and allowed them to pet goats and chickens. Soil and Water Conservation employees worked with several groups to teach youth about recycling, water and evaporation, along with the different types of soil with throughout our state. Hunter Safety Education Expert C.P. White was able to teach students about the velocity of bullets and how they are fired from different guns. Each educational session was based on the core components of 5th grade education, making it a great expansion on what is being learned in the classroom.

While attending Science Adventures, students are also exposed to what a week at camp will be like. Taking nature walks, practicing archery at the shooting range, learning about the wildlife of North Carolina and eating in the dining hall or on the gorgeous camp grounds. Students fall in love with the rustic feel of the camp and the peace that comes with being there. Which always brings up the question, “How much does it cost?” Richmond County 4-H is fortunate to receive generous donations from the Richmond County United Way, Richmond County Farm Bureau, Richmond County Rotary and many private citizens enabling many youth to attend camp at a reduced rate.

If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities available with Richmond County 4-H, please call 910-997-8255 or email Alyson_hoffman@ncsu.edu. Richmond County 4-H will be sending out camp information and summer day camp information very soon and would love to include you in our mailing list! Contact us and join the fun today!

Alyson Hoffman is 4-H Youth Development Agent for the Richmond County Cooperative Extension.