Agronomy Camp in Dimmitt

Day 1: We had so much fun at Agronomy Camp in Dimmitt last week! Castro County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension did a wonderful job putting on the camp, and had a great turnout! There were around ten kids on both days, with ages ranging from six to twelve. When we arrived on Monday, the campers were making handmade butterfly catching nets. They sewed the fabric for the nets themselves and then attached it to wire and a long handle. After they finished their butterfly nets, we taught them about aquifers. They learned about where groundwater is, how we mine it, and how we utilize it. After a short lesson about aquifers, they got to see how they actually work, and how water moves through gravel  and soil at different speeds. We made mini aquifers in clear cups layered with different amounts of sand and gravel. We then poured in water tinted with food coloring so the students would be able to see  the water holding capacity of  the sand and gravel. It was great to see the kids compare  each other’s mini aquifers to see how the water was stored in each soil formation. We then asked the group which mini aquifer  had the highest water table and which aquifer had the lowest water table. We discussed the differences of high and low water tables.

Explaining how aquifers works.

Explaining how aquifers works.

Filling cups with sand and gravel for mini aquifers.

Filling cups with sand and gravel for mini aquifers.

Making mini aquifers.

Making mini aquifers.

Making mini aquifers.

Making mini aquifers.

Comparing their aquifer's water tables.

Comparing their aquifer's water tables.

Day 2: On Tuesday, we talked with the students about the water cycle and made water cycle bracelets. The bracelets had a different colored bead for each phase of the cycle. We explained to the students that water is re-used over and over and that we are drinking the same water that the dinosaurs did! After we made our bracelets, we headed outside to check the yard’s moisture with a soil moisture probe. The kids had fun trying it out in parts of the grass in the shade versus grass in the sun. After checking soil moisture, the kids went back inside and painted pictures showing how they were going to conserve water in their home or yard. We had quite a few artists in the group!

Making water cycle bracelets.

Making water cycle bracelets.

Making water cycle bracelets.

Making water cycle bracelets.

A few of the campers and their water cycle bracelets.

A few of the campers and their water cycle bracelets.

Measuring soil moisture.

Measuring soil moisture.

Painting water conservation posters.

Painting water conservation posters.

We appreciate the opportunity to be a part of Agronomy Camp this year! Thanks for having us, Castro County 4-H!

Campers with their water conservation paintings.

Campers with their water conservation paintings.