NORTH CHARLESTON — Some North Charleston children are experiencing nature as never before this week thanks to a new 4-H camp funded by the Disney Conservation Fund.

“A lot of the kids, even though they live in North Charleston, have never even been to the beach in Charleston, so we’re giving them that opportunity,” said camp instructor Julia Miller.

The Charleston Natural Resources Camp will expose 25 North Charleston youth to forestry, water toxicology and wildlife. Children will make water filters out of 2-liter bottles and tree-measurement sticks used to calculate tree height and diameter. They’ll also use plaster to make molds of wildlife tracks they find in nature.

The event concludes with a guided tour of Folly Beach.

The camp is part of the 4-H Connecting Urban Youth to the Environment program launched by the 4-H National Council last year with a founding grant from the Disney Conservation Fund. The program is designed to help children discover nature through fun, hands-on activities while learning their roles in protecting the Earth.

The North Charleston camp lasts through Thursday at the Northwoods Community Center, which has a forested area, pond and streams that will allow for outdoor education. The field trip to Folly Beach will be Aug. 4.

The state 4-H program is the youth-development program of Clemson Extension. More than 84,000 young people in South Carolina participate in 4-H. Programs cover animal science, agriculture, science, engineering, natural resources, leadership and much more.

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