PICKENS – Sign up now for the Pickens County 4-H program’s Junior Naturalist series.

A series of half-day Saturday sessions cover topics that include birds, insects and weather. The topics correspond with science curriculums for grades 3-6.

Participants who complete five of the 10 programs in two years will earn status as Junior Naturalists. Two programs will be offered during the fall and spring, and one program will be offered each winter.

The program is for youths aged 8 to 13. Cost is $10 per program. Registration is limited to 15 kids per program. Dress in sturdy shoes for each program because hiking will be a small part of most programs.

Each participant will receive a morning snack and materials for each program. During the first program the youths attend they receive a Junior Naturalist notebook to keep track of program information.

Programs offered

Junior fisheries biologist: Habitat requirements, population, life histories and diseases. This program will be held at the Clemson forest at Lake Issaquena and Six Mile Creek. Participants will be introduced to sampling techniques of professionals in the field and gain hands-on experience.

Junior historian: This program will be held at Hagood Mill in Pickens. Participants will learn about historical life in the mountains and the art of oral history and storytelling.

Junior paleontologist: The study of pre-historic life, including organisms’ evolution and interactions with each other and their environments. The program will be held at the Bob Campbell Museum at the S.C. Botanical Garden. Participants will learn about the field of paleontology and gain hands on experience.

Junior botanist: Botany is the study of plant life. This program will be held at Issaquena in Six Mile. Participants will be led by several Master Naturalists on a hike and identify, observe and learn about the plant life of the area.

Junior entomologist: Entomology is the study of insects. During this program participants will learn about the field of entomology and insects while gaining hands-on experience. The program will be held at Twin Lakes Park in Clemson.

Dates

  • Junior fishery biologist: Oct. 17
  • Junior historian: Nov. 7
  • Junior paleontologist: Feb. 20
  • Junior botanist: April 24
  • Junior entomologist: May 22

For more information, contact the Pickens County extension office at 222 W. Main St. or call 864-878-1394. Download a registration form at http://www.clemson.edu/extension/county/pickens/programs/4h/county_event_list.html.

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The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family stats and is an equal opportunity employer. Should you require special accommodations due to a disability, please notify our office at least 10 days prior to the event.