During the week of July 17th, the Cowan Creek Community Center held Science Camp for children aged four to 12. Among many subjects, campers learned about weather, birds of prey, ecosystems, forests, weather, polymers, the solar system, simple machines, cellular biology, photosynthesis, and stream health. Over the course of the week-long camp, there were two field trips to the Pine Mountain Settlement School and the East Kentucky Science Center.
On the last day of camp, children participated in stream biology lessons carried out by Thomas Vierheller, Big Sandy Community and Technical College biology professor and board member of Kentucky Waterways Alliance, and Alex Beer of Headwaters. The lesson included macroinvertebrate collection and identification and exploration of healthy stream conditions.
Engaging young children in science lessons, especially those related to environmental wellbeing, is part of an effort to foster generational understanding of watershed stewardship and environmental sustainability. Through lessons like those taking place at Science Camp, children are able to develop an understanding of how the natural environment operates and the importance of environmental stewardship.
Many thanks and appreciation to the Cowan Creek Community Center and all those who participated in Science Camp. Our organization is happy to be a part of the fun learning that took place throughout the week at Camp. Community partnerships and collaboration like this are fundamental to the mission of Headwaters.