Campers learn about environment

  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Chris Sokoloski/Souh Strand News Mike Walker, a ranger at Huntington Beach State Park, discusses beach creatures with kids attending Georgetown County’s stormwater camp on Aug. 8.

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Georgetown County hosted its first stormwater camp last week, to teach elementary school students about the importance of a clean environment.

By the last field trip on Aug. 8, to Huntington Beach State Park, the message seemed to have sunk in.

“We learned how the land should be clean so we have clean water,” said Erica Dean, 9, of Andrews Elementary School.

While at the beach, the students learned about sea creatures from park ranger Mike Walker, collected trash, and passed out bags for pet owners to clean up pet waste.

Other field trips included a boat ride and tour of Bulls Island, crabbing at Hobcaw Barony and a tour of the county landfill.

Thomas Diggs, 8, said he had fun playing water games and learning about the landfill, and crabbing.

Terri Davis, billing and qaulity coordinator for the county’s Department of Public Services, was pleased with the turnout for camp. There were about 18 students each day.

The camp was free for students, who were chosen by the county’s elementary school principals.

Paige Swanson, a student at Waccamaw High School and volunteer chaperone, said she learned as much as the kids.

“It made them want to recycle more and pick up trash. I think they care more about the environment.”

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