SPEARFISH — As part of the initiative to lower carbon emissions by the campus, Black Hills State University hosted an EcoExplorers Day Camp on Tuesday, July 15, for children ages 4-6 and Thursday, July 17 for children ages 7-12. The camp was focused on teaching children the importance of sustainability while creating an environment that was fun and friendly.
New this year the camp adds to the list of interactive roles BHSU has within the community to learn and share with children. In this camp children learned what sustainability is and how BHSU is taking an active part in it. “We’re having this camp because we should. It’s a great way to showcase what the University is about and show how the University buildings interact with each other and the surrounding environment,” said Katie Greer, BHSU’s sustainability coordinator.
The camp offered a tour of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union, which was the first building in the state to become Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. Also there was a tour of dining services in the Hive, the campus garden, the chemistry lab, and the underground tunnels. Professors and students were involved and had lessons for the children, and healthy snacks were provided by the University.
Dan Asunskis, assistant professor of chemistry, demonstrated renewable energy. Robb Campbell had a re-photography photo activity to show how the campus has evolved over time. Tracy Sigdestad, director for Project Learning Tree and a graduate student in BHSU’s Master of Science in Sustainability program, taught the children about the campus garden and the importance of Leave No Trace.
Greer hopes that it will be a continual camp as sustainability efforts on campus grow.
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