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#07-249 September 3, 2007

Ridgeland Blue Heron Nature Center hosts youth camp

Jasper County 4-H2O camp was held August 13 - 15 at the Blue Heron Nature Center in Ridgeland.  Felicia Cunningham, Clemson Extension 4-H Youth Agent, and Jennifer Majors, S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Program Coordinator facilitated the three-day camp.

The hands-on programs provided 16 students from the Jasper County Boys and Girls Club knowledgeBlue Heron Nature Center about their local water resources and important environmental issues surrounding them.  Students participated in many activities including fish dissection, collection and identification of aquatic insects to determine water quality with the help of Clemson Extension Agent Shawn Jadrnicek, and used secchi disks to measure water clarity.  The students also practiced their casting skills with a Backyard Bass fishing game with the assistance of DNR Law Enforcement Officers Eric Mills and Jodah Mullinax.

Delia Caskey, Director of the Blue Heron Learning Center and Nature Trail, took the students on a nature hike and taught them about the damaging effects of litter and pollution on the water systems and surrounding environment. Pam Floyd, with the Beaufort Conservation District, presented an Enviroscape model and DNR Law Enforcement Officer Dennetta Dawson presented the students with water safety tips and issued Junior Game Warden badges.

The Blue Heron Learning Center and Nature Trail is owned and operated by the Jasper Conservation District and welcomes visitors to the Nature Center located at 321 Bailey Lane, Ridgeland.

The Center is open to the public Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

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