CONSERVATION EDUCATION IN RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTY
Did you know that your contributions to RLEP help to afford local fifth through twelfth grade student's the opportunity to attend Nature Camp in Vesuvius
, VA? In 2012 RLEP sponsored one of Rappahannock's sixth graders with a scholarship to attend this two week academic and recreational camp that emphasizes education in natural history and environmental studies. After hearing his enthusiastic response to the program, the board has again voted to award a scholarship for 2013, this time to a qualified 7th grade applicant. The nature camp program has been operating for 70 years with the support of local garden clubs and community organizations. It is a 2 week overnight camp experience which strives to offer a rewarding educational experience of exceptional quality at the lowest possible cost.
A second way that RLEP promotes environmental education is through donations to our local Rappahannock County Nature Camp. This is a 2 week long day camp along the Hazel River that accommodates younger campers and provides hand's on experiences in the natural sciences.
By supporting these educational opportunities we hope to reconnect our children to the natural world and build a greater understanding of the ecology of Virginia. Perhaps we can influence a few budding scientists as well!