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Science Camp--USGS in the Community

Since 1996, the USGS has partnered with the Reston Association in their annual summer Science Camp Program. We welcome children from ages 8 to 12 to our beautiful 100 + acre campus in Reston, VA, offering them the opportunity to meet scientists and participate in fun hands-on experiments. It is our hope that by providing science to children in a positive and intriguing environment, not only educates and broadens their minds for a better understanding of the natural world, but also helps to develop our Nation's next generation of scientists.

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Science Camp children create their own ocean food web. Gary Brewer, USGS Coastal and Ocean Science Coordinator, explains the ocean food web and Science Camp children create their own.


john repetski, rock garden walk John Repetski, USGS Geologist takes the children on the "Rock Garden Walk." The National Center is located on 105 acres of forested land. An ideal place to encouage children to explore the outdoors.


dave powers, USGS Geologist Dave Powers, USGS Geologist shows actual core sampling from the Chesapeake Impact Crater.


 USGS Hydrologist demonstrates the use of a water shed model. With the help of Science Camp children, Martin Gurtz, USGS Hydrologist demonstrates the use of a water shed model.

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