Ozzie Hale, left, and Austin Hale examine an animal pelt. David Grace photo.
KINGSPORT — About 800 fourth-graders got up close and personal with animal skeletons and skins, live animals, bugs, recycling and industrial production this week.
The 12th annual conservation camp at Warriors Path State Park exposed students from Kingsport, Sullivan County and Bristol, Tenn., schools to conservation-themed presentations.
The Allied Waste Services/Keep Kingsport Beautiful Conservation Camp was Tuesday and Wednesday at the park’s overflow campground, and Thursday — because of rain and a thunderstorm — at the recreation building on Duck Island.
“I liked the skeletons of the animals,” Isaiah Bass, 9 and from Kingsport’s Jefferson Elementary School, said Thursday. “I like the owl.” He also said he liked the Eastman Chemical Co. presentation using vinegar and nail polish.
Students rotated through 12 stations, where topics ranged from “Making Paper and Forestry Conservation” presented by Domtar to “Creepy Crawly Bugs” presented by the Hands On! Regional Museum.