KINGSPORT – Over 750 fourth grade students from Kingsport, Sullivan County, and Bristol attended the annual Conservation Camp for Fourth Graders last week at Eastman’s Bays Mountain Recreation Area.
Republic Services marked its 8th year as the title sponsor for the three-day event, conducting each September by Keep Kingsport Beautiful with the support of Republic Services generous sponsorship. Eastman again donated the use its facility that includes covered picnic shelters and playgrounds which organizers say are ideal for the event. And multiple area organizations and industries provided the instructors for "learning stations.”
Conservation Camp introduces students to a variety of environmental learning activities. Each day a different group of students participated. Students rotated through 13 stations, ranging in topics “Rocks for Kids-Geology, Rock Life Cycles, Fossils and Plate Tectonics” by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, “Forest Fire Control” by the Tennessee Division of Forestry, “Making Paper and Forest Conservation” by Domtar to “A Glimpse into the Culture of the Southeastern Native Americans” by the Remnant Yuchi Nation. Volunteer presenters from various agencies, companies and organizations provide the educational programming.
Keep Kingsport Beautiful is a cooperative program between the City of Kingsport and the Kingsport Chamber. An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, the program has won more than 70 state, regional and national awards.