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Ketron 4th grade goes to camp

Community Contributor • Oct 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Sullivan County’s Ketron Elementary's fourth graders attended the annual Conservation Camp at Warriors Path State Park.

The goal of the camp was to learn about the Earth and ways to take care of it. The students learned about the importance of recycling, conserving water, pollination, local animals and more. The fourthh graders were allowed to pet a corn snake during the "Creepy Crawlies" presentation by Hands On! Museum.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation helped students to understand more about recycling technology through the "The Magic Recycling Box" presentation.

Marty Silver, Warriors Path Naturalist, lectured on wildlife habitats, he brought along a possum, snake and screech owl. Campers learned more about possums from Bays Mountain Park Manager, Ken Childress' during his presentation "Possum Parade - Marsupials Live.“

Ketron students also: heard from Keep Kingsport Beautiful about herbs; Remnant Yuchi nation regarding native Southeastern Indians and their talent for making deer foot knives and rendering salt; Tennessee Department of Forestry on "Forest Fire Control" and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) explained how silt from building sites, litter and excess fertilizer from farming can spread to our water supply. Fourth grade teacher Rachel Eads said the field trip was incredibly educational and the students had a wonderful time.