2015 NEET Enviro-Camp
On June 9th, 10th & 11th the Northeast Environmental Team (NEET), along with board members of Keep Haltom City Beautiful, hosted its 21st annual Enviro-Camp for 38 Birdville Independent School District (BISD) students at the BISD Environmental Study Center across from Haltom High School.
The Enviro-Camp was open to BISD 3rd, 4th and 5th graders who paid $40 to attend the 3-day camp. Birds were the theme of this year’s camp, and included a special guest speaker, bird house making, a field trip, a bird-watching hike adventure and, of course, s'mores. The guest speaker, from the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, brought five rescued raptors for the students to see and learn about: an American kestrel, a screech owl, a barn owl, a red-tailed hawk and a Mississippi kite.
The students also took a field trip to Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center in Cedar Hill, Texas, where they had a hands-on learning experience with snails, turtles and even a snake, as well as a nature hike through the canyon. A highlight of the day was when the students watched various birdfeeders to determine which bird food was most popular. On the last day of the camp, Bob Shelton, a local birding expert, lead the students on a bird-watching expedition around Big Fossil Creek and explained the best ways to spot birds.
Be on the look-out next year for the 2016 Enviro-Camp!
About Keep Haltom City Beautiful
First organized in 1984 and Keep America Beautiful certified in 1990, the Keep Haltom City Beautiful (KHCB) initiative supports programs related to litter prevention and cleanup, recycling, watershed protection, beautification, code enforcement education and the arts. The KHCB board is comprised of members appointed by the City Council that lead the efforts to Keep Haltom City Beautiful. KHCB is also an affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful.
About Northeast Environmental Team
A group of representatives from Haltom City, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills and Watauga whose purpose is to educate the citizenry on environmental issues.
About Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
Named after the tallgrass prairie that once covered more than 23,500 square miles of Texas from the Red River to San Antonio, Blackland Prairie Raptor Center is a rehabilitation and conservation education organization, specializing in fostering better public understanding of the relationship between birds of prey and healthy ecosystems.
About Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Located 16 miles south of downtown Dallas in Cedar Hill, Dogwood Canyon is part of the White Rock Escarpment. Nowhere in North Texas can one find a greater variety of rare species than in Dogwood Canyon. Plants and animals from east, west and central Texas converge here, making the Canyon the only place in the world where one can find the Black-chinned Hummingbird of west Texas nesting in the flowering dogwood tree of east Texas. Audubon owns or manages over 200 acres of nearly pristine wildlife habitat in the Canyon. Because the property neighbors university, county, and state lands, it is part of a nearly 3,000 acre greenbelt in southwest Dallas County. As of Grand Opening (September 10-11, 2011), there are 1.65 miles of trail winding up the Canyon (the West Rim Trail). The Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center is open to the public and will provide science education initially to 5,000 school students on an annual basis from the surrounding DFW Metroplex.