June 11 through July 12, 2013
Dabney S. Lancaster Community
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
The 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, and 2013.
New! "Vintage" photos from 1985 through 1999.
Introduction to Program and Campus
Woody Plant Identification; Amphibian Study--Data Collection
Outdoor skills--map & compass, camping
Three-day backpacking trip
Amphibian Study--Data Analysis
Stream & Wetlands Ecology
Three-day camping trip
Formal presentation of research results
Transportation to and from the DSLCC campus and all meals are the responsibility of each student's family.
Students are current 8th and 9th 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.
2001 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 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
|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
Applications for 2013 will be available from your guidance counselor by March
Or contact Jane DeGroot at Alleghany High School.
Applications may be turned into your guidance counselor or mailed directly to:
Jane DeGroot, Alleghany High School, 210 Mountaineer Dr., Covington, VA 24422
|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.|
"I want to come back. I wish it was all summer." --Student