Campers in a Kentucky 4-H program used crime scene investigation (CSI) skills to learn about nature. They solved “crimes” at hands-on learning stations by using what they learned about natural resources. They learned new skills including dissecting flowers, identifying flower parts, using a dichotomous plant key, soil identification and how to use maggots and beetles to determine time and location of death.
After attending, 80% of campers said they knew more about plant identification, entomology, soil sciences and other forensic sciences. They also improved their problem-solving skills.
Campers also made changes in their everyday life after participating in the CSI Environmental Camp. Nearly 65% changed the way they use natural resources, and 60% now consider environmental impacts when they make decisions.