Teens learn about drought at science of water camp

Thirty students from Tehama County are heading off to camp at Shasta College in Red Bluff to get a hands-on education in water science and drought.  The day camp is coordinated by UC Davis GEAR UP, which helps students prepare to enter and succeed in college.

The Tehama campus is located along the Sacramento River, where students will hike, and learn about drought. “Water is a limited resource, and we’ll be discussing the implications of that throughout the week,” said Karissa Morehouse, director of UC Davis’ GEAR UP program for Tehama County.

Graduates from the 8th grade at Maywood Middle School in Corning and Vista Preparatory Academy in Red Bluff begin camp on June 23. They’ll work directly with wastewater treatment experts, an environmental education and watershed expert, an irrigation systems specialist, and a chemist.

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The week will include with a field trip to Whiskeytown Lake for kayaking, and Shasta Dam, which sits at only 44 percent of water capacity due to the drought.

The goal of the program is to provide students a unique educational summer opportunity that enhances their knowledge in the sciences and connects them to viable career fields while learning about a fundamental natural resource, water.