The Southern Research Station (SRS), in cooperation with the Community and Recreation Services of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, held two events to expose young people to science and the great outdoors. They held the first, a youth science day, on the Eastern Cherokee Indian Reservation (officially known as the Qualla Boundary) on July 13, 2011, and the second, a one-day science camp at the SRS Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory (Coweeta) near Otto, NC, on August 3, 2011.
The July 13th event at the Qualla Boundary included two 30-minute science presentations to four groups of youth from the Kituwah Academy, the Painttown Day Camp, the Birdtown Day Camp, and the Youth Center. Stephanie Laseter, a Coweeta hydrologist and and Julia Murphy, a technical transfer specialist from the SRS Bent Creek Experimental Forest, presented information the importance of clean water, tree identification, and the many important uses of trees and the forest ecosystem to approximately 126 youth, ages 5 to 15. Twenty-four youth, ages 8 to10, and their teachers attended the one-day science camp held at the Coweeta on August 3rd. The camp was a mixture of classroom presentations, outdoor activities, and hands-on experiences in the field. Presenters included. University of Georgia scientists Jason Love and Joe Davis, as well as Coweeta scientists Laseter, Neal Muldoon, Patsy Clinton, and summer intern Maria Sandercock -- as well as SRS GIS Specialist Lloyd Edwards, Smokey Bear, and his spokesperson Sandra Baker. For more information on the event please see http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/news/cherokee_youth.html.