Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences (SAFHS) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff recently hosted its inaugural SAFHS Adventure Camp for high school students. The weeklong program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), was designed to inform students ages 14-17 about higher education and career opportunities related to the School’s disciplines.
To get an idea of some of the fields they might pursue after graduation, the students visited several educational centers including the Museum of Discovery, the Clinton Presidential Center, The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, the Stuttgart National Aquaculture Research Center, the University of Arkansas Rice Research and Extension Center and Heifer International Headquarters.
During a visit to the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Stuttgart, they learned how to extract DNA from bananas. At the Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center, they learned about wildlife habitats and the environment and had the chance to shoot a bow and arrow.
“The students were also able to see some of UAPB’s greatest assets, including the campus farms, the aquaculture/fisheries center and the biotechnology lab,” Teki K. Winston, Director of 4-H/Youth Programming for UAPB, said. “To gain practical information on future employment, they attended an orientation by Mrs. Tracy Knowlton from UAPB’s Career Services Center and participated in essay and resume-writing workshops.”
One senior participant indicated he is planning to apply for admission to UAPB because of what he learned at the camp, Winston said.
The camp was supported by NIFA under award number 2014-38821-22461.