June 16 through July 9, 2014

Information for 2014 Participants

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Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Clifton Forge, Virginia


Learn science by actually doing science.

The Field Ecology Summer Regional Governor's School is designed to inspire in you, the academically gifted student, a respect for the bountiful natural environment that is your heritage-a heritage that might soon be lost if each generation is not taught to preserve and cherish it. We aim to awaken an awareness and interest in native plant and animal life as a rich and varied natural resource. We will emphasize the interrelationships between organisms and their natural environments and on the role and impact of humans on these ecosystems.

"In school they give you a book expecting you to learn from it. In Governor's School you actually apply your knowledge so that you see why your knowledge is useful." --Student

BackpackingThe 2000 Governor's School backpacks in the Laurel Fork area of Highland County, Virginia.

 

"Best summer I ever had" --Student

 

See what we did in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

"Vintage" photos from 1985 through 1999.

 

Typical "Itinerary" for your Journey into Field Ecology of Virginia

1st Session - Salamander Study
Introduction to program and campus
Salamander study: data collection & analysis
Three-day camping trip
Creation & presentation of electronic field guides

2nd Session - Forestry
Introduction to program and campus
Forestry methods: data collection & analysis
Three-day camping trip
Creation & presentation of forestry field guides

Transportation to and from the DSLCC campus and all meals are the responsibility of each student's family.

Students are current 8th, 9th, and 10th Grade students living in the school attendance zones listed below. You have one thing in common: a desire to explore academic and/or field studies at a level not always possible in your home schools.

Camp2001 students at Laurel Fork campsite in Highland County, Virginia.

 

"You aren't sitting in a classroom all day reading about science, you are out doing it--out exploring." --Student


Instructors for the Center are college and high school teachers who have experience with both the subject matter and the education of gifted students. Guest lecturers also present a variety of topics.

The program enhances your critical thinking skills and your understanding of how science works.

"Provides more than high school can--more challenging and in-depth." --Parent

In addition to challenging your intellectual skills, we feel the program should be equally demanding of your physical capacities in order that you might have a complete sense of accomplishment at the program's end.

Roaring Run Falls

Roaring Run Falls in Botetourt County.

"... the most mentally and physically challenging experience of my life.... wonderful, exciting, and fantastic!" --Student

 

"I did things I never thought I'd do." --Student

 

Participating School Divisions

Alleghany County Clifton Middle School
Alleghany High School
Bath County Bath County High School
Botetourt County Central Academy Middle School
Read Mountain Middle School
James River High School
Lord Botetourt High School
Buena Vista Parry McCluer Middle School
Parry McCluer High School
Covington Covington High School
Highland County Highland High School
 Lexington  Lylburn Downing Middle School
Rockbridge County Maury River Middle School
Rockbridge Middle School
Rockbridge County High School

 

How to Apply

Applications for 2014 will be available from your guidance counselor by March 17, 2014.
Or contact Jane DeGroot at Alleghany High School.

Application FAQ
Downloadable Application Information & Instructions
Downloadable Application
Applications may be turned into your guidance counselor or mailed directly to:
Jane DeGroot, Alleghany High School, 210 Mountaineer Dr., Covington, VA 24426

Application Timetable

Mid March Pick up application.
Late March / Early April Return completed application to your guidance office.
Mid April Participants and alternates selected by their schools.
Late April Participants notified of acceptance into the program.
Late May Orientation session for participants and their parents.
Mid June Governor's School begins.

Red Eft

"I want to come back. I wish it was all summer." --Student