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Young Naturalists “Shine” at Nature Center


September 10, 2010 by wcobserver

Staff Report

Three West Fork sixth graders took part in scholarship-based Shiner Camp at Ozark Natural Science Center. The students; Grayson Jarnagan, son of Randy and Michelle Jarnagan, Brandon Reed, son of Jamie and Brian Reed and Audra Eakins, daughter of Edward and Tammy Eakins were chosen to attend a 5 day camp that included trips to Kings River for stream ecology and swimming. The trip also included hiking, lessons in local flora and fauna and lessons on conservation.

The Ozark Natural Science Center is a private, nonprofit, residential environmental education and conference facility located in Madison County near Huntsville.  The ONSC serves over 4000 school children during the academic year annually. The staff of Teacher Naturalists identify participants that “shined” above the rest; were actively engaged in learning and who seemed to profit most from the experience.  In a typical year the staff identify 200-400 of these students. At the end of the school year, 20-40 kids are chosen at random from the pool of nominees to take part in the Shiner Camp with funding provided by the Buck Family Foundation.

For more information on Ozark Natural Science Center see their website at



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