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Governor’s School summer camp introduces youth to marine critters

Chloe Hodges and Larkin Rae, both of Middlesex County, examine their pond critters under the microscope and record their observations in their camp journals.

Twenty-four first through third graders participated in a four-day summer camp experience at the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School for Marine and Environmental Science (CBGS) this summer. 

“Hot Days; Cool Science!” took the group to the pond on the Rappahannock Community College (RCC) Glenns campus, to Holly Point Nature Park and the Deltaville Maritime Museum in Deltaville, reptile hunting on the RCC nature trails, and to the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Company operated by Doug McMinn in Wake. 

The youth seined for critters in the pond, created soft art marine critters, created bark rubbings and leaf prints, made jellyfish mobiles, tested for water quality, did Japanese fish printing on their camp T-shirts, and otherwise had a great time experiencing and doing science. 

Thirteen CBGS students served as counselors who had a great time organizing games and activities for the campers. The program was provided by the faculty of CBGS; the facilities were provided by RCC.

posted 08.18.2008

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