Youth invited to explore nature

Young Scientists Camp is slated for Aug. 7 to 11

Photo submitted by LAUREN BARLOW Children do a stream study while attending the Young Scientists Camp in 2016. This year’ s camp is Aug. 7-11.

LEWISTOWN –For children who love to explore the natural world, the second annual Young Scientists Camp will help area youth learn about their surroundings, while having lots of fun.

Community Partnerships RC&D is sponsoring the camp in August for kids entering grades six through eight.

Lauren Barlow, environmental program director for Community Partnerships RC&D, said she tries to hit all of the major environmental areas including, agriculture, soil health, pollinators, water quality and stream health, wildlife and forestry. Working with partners such as the Mifflin County Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, local farmers, Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, campers will have the opportunity to do things such as stream studies on Kish Creek at Rec Park, visit local farms and other field trips.

This is the second year for the camp and Barlow said, “The camp is to try to encourage kids to become excited about the natural world and have a broad knowledge of what all is involved with the environment.”

The camp also includes classroom work at the RC&D office, where a pollinator garden is located for studying. Some basic soil and water chemistry tests will also be performed throughout the week.

Barlow said the camp provides an opportunity for kids who are potentially interested in the field to see many different subsets before they have to make a decision on which way they want to go, an opportunity that is not presented in the school system.

“This camp provides a great hands-on experience to the environmental world,” Barlow said. “I personally knew in high school that I wanted to work in the environmental field, however it was not until my senior year of college that I knew where within the field I wanted to work, which made it harder for me since I did not take the class work towards that area.”

The camp is slated for 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 7 to 11 at Community Partnerships RC&D, 23 N. Main St., Lewistown.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Barlow by email at, or by phone at 248-4901 ext. 305.

The deadline to register is July 28.