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Catawba Conservation Camp Open to Rising 6th and 7th Grade Girls

February 27, 2009

Category: Biology, Environmental Science, Events, Teacher Education


C3 - Catawba Conservation Camp
Girls Gaining Ground
in Science




Rising sixth or seventh grade girls interested in the environmental sciences are invited to make application to attend the Catawba Conservation Camp (C3). The camp is open to girls who are enrolled in public or private school or who are home schooled in Rowan, Cabarrus, Iredell, Davie, Davidson and Stanly counties ;

Catawba Conservation Camp is a weeklong residential science camp slated July 5-10, 2009 and open only to rising sixth and seventh grade girls. It will be held on the campus of Catawba College. C3 accommodates only 50 and includes all meals, a weeklong stay in a residence hall and daily activities.

C3 CampParticipating students not only stay in a college dorm, but they band birds, explore lakes and woods, identify and tally plant life, explore amphibian and aquatic life such as frogs, fish and turtles, examine insects, and make new friends who love science. C3 director is Dr. Cyndi Osterhus, director of Catawba's Academy for Teaching. Science instruction will be facilitated by a team of public school teachers and college faculty led by Dr. Joe Poston, chair of biology at Catawba College.

The camp, funded through a grant from Burroughs Wellcome Fund, is an effort to interest girls in the environmental sciences. The grant allows funding for all costs, except for a student's $25 non-refundable registration fee and transportation to and from the college. Financial assistance is available for any family for whom the registration fee is a hardship.

C3 CampInterested girls should complete and return the camp application to their teachers by March 16. The application includes a short essay written by the student that answers the question: "Why do you want to attend the Catawba Conservation Camp?" Selected students will be notified of acceptance and provided more information by April 1.

For additional information, call Catawba College's Academy for Teaching at (704) 637-4499 or visit the website at




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