Three Years of Catawba Conservation Camp to be Celebrated at Oct. 23rd Event
October 4, 2011
A celebration of science and curriculum-based fun with Dennis Regling's "The Magic of Science" Wonder Show is slated between 2:30 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 in the J.C. Carson High School Auditorium in China Grove. This free family event, sponsored by the Catawba Conservation Camp, celebrates three successful years of the summer camp held at Catawba College for girls from a six-county area.
Catawba Conservation Camp or C3 began in 2009 with funding provided by a three-year grant from Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Directed by Dr. Cyndi Osterhus and Dr. Joe Poston, members of the Catawba College faculty, the camp's goal was to interest rising sixth and seventh grade girls in the environmental sciences.
Students from Rowan, Cabarrus, Iredell, Davie, Davidson and Stanly counties participated in the weeklong camp that involved a stay in a campus residence hall and plenty of planned, hands-on, activities related to science. Students banded birds, explored lakes and woods, identified and tallied plant life, explored amphibian and aquatic life with frogs, fish and turtles, examined insects and made friends who loved science.
More than 150 girls participated in the Catawba Conservation Camp between 2009 and 2011 and they and their families will be the special guests at the free October 23rd event. These former C3 students are asked to wear their camp shirts to the event so they can be recognized. The event is free and open to all families from the six-county area served by the camp.
"Looking back on the past three years of Catawba Conservation Camp, we are proud to say that so many girls from our area have had their interest in science piqued by this experience," explains Dr. Cyndi Osterhus. "We are currently in the process of seeking funding to continue the camp in 2012 and beyond."
Osterhus encourages former campers and their families and families from the area to attend the Oct. 23rd event and to make it an afternoon of fun. Regling, an educational entertainer, is based in Freeport, Ohio, and his shows are funny, engaging and filled with audience participation, Osterhus notes. For more details about Regling, visit his website at www.greatassemblies.com.
For more information about the October 23rd event, contact the Catawba Conservation Camp office at (704) 637-4499.