|Kathy S with future master naturalists!|
Check out VMN members from around the state being recognized for contributions to the VMN mission. Especially note the third recognition in the article linked below, BRFAL’s own ECO Camp and its director, Kathy Scott! Kathy and this year’s 18-member team are being recognized for ECO Camp, a multi-day nature experience for Franklin County and Smith Mountain Lake area children and their parents.
This July’s camp featured six Saturday morning sessions across 3 weeks including the diverse topics of digital photography of nature, an introduction to the sounds made by area birds, creek health, how animals use their senses, the creatures that lurk under those rocks in the stream, and the monarch butterfly life cycle and miraculous migration.
|Photographing Nature with Rich and Meg|
Eco Camp takes place at Booker T. Washington National Monument (BTWNM) which co-sponsors the camp each year. Kathy, an indefatigable and enthusiastic BRFAL member, led the project for the fifth year. Eighteen chapter members helped things flow smoothly from conception of the program, publicity in newspapers and at local libraries, registration, teaching the sessions, and ensuring the safety and happiness of the participants. Many BRFAL members participated on several weekends and in several different capacities.
This year’s Eco-Camp set a record by providing a creative, fun, hands-on learning experience for 58 kids and 21 adults. Congratulations, Kathy and all, on this well deserved recognition!
|Get ready to volunteer for next year!|