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14 June 2006
JSU Field Schools Receive National Recognition
for KIN Camp

JSU Field Schools were recently informed that they have received a 2005 Nature Watch Award through the United States Forest Service. This award recognizes the partnership and implementation of the JSU Field Schools program: Hobson City Kids into Nature Camp (KIN Camp).

KIN Camp is a unique program which offers underserved children in Calhoun County the opportunity to explore the natural world through activities led by JSU Field Schools and the Forest Rangers of the Shoal Creek District of the Talladega National Forest.

Many of the children who participate in this camp have never ventured outside of the city limits. For several participants, it may be their only opportunity to learn about the natural wonders of Alabama.

During the camp, children ages 6 - 17 participate in interpretive hikes, nature arts projects, botany programs, water quality classes, and a science-focus career opportunity workshop.

Project Coordinator, Renee Morrison, has been contacted by several other environmental centers across the nation who hope to utilize this unique camp as a pilot program in their community.

The program is supported by JSU Field Schools, USFS, Legacy, Inc., Alabama Gas Corporation, Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, Calhoun County Commissioner James "Pappy" Dunn and Representative Dr. Barbara Boyd.

The 3rd Annual KIN Camp is scheduled for June 20 & 21, 2006.

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