Neshoba Central High School student Jonathan Alford from Neshoba County attended the Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Natural Resources Camp at Hinds Community College in Raymond, June 1-5, 2014.

The Natural Resources Camp is a hands-on environmental learning and awareness-building camp for high school students. This year 41 students, chosen from the state's 82 Soil and Water Conservation Districts, were exposed to various aspects of soil and water conservation, including soils, forestry, livestock, aquatics, energy conservation, and wildlife. The camp agenda includes daily tours of up-to-date agricultural and conservation practices. Expert resource personnel from local, state, and federal agencies and organizations made presentations and lead group activities. These resource personnel were available to answer questions from the students pertaining to everything from current environmental issues to career choices.

The camp, now in its 29th year, is sponsored by the Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission, with assistance from the Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts, and is open to all rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who are in the top 25 percent of their class and have a strong interest in conservation and agriculture. Mr. Alford was sponsored by the Neshoba County Soil and Water Conservation District to attend.

Each year, the Mississippi Association of Conservation District's Endowment Fund awards one camper with a $3,000 scholarship.