Rock 22 set to Kick-Off, July 24

Only a few slots remain for the Rock 22 Summer Youth Expo, a free camp sponsored by the Alcorn State University Extension Program. Deadline to register, July 21.

The Rock 22 Summer Youth Expo will be held July 24-28 at Rock 22 Farm/Ranch, 4239 Tom Collins Road, Utica, MS. The camp is for youth ages 13-18, and will operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The agricultural and wellness learning camp will cover the following topics:

  • ATV, Farm and Wildlife Safety
  • Forestry (Tree ID/Insect ID/Edible Forge)
  • Wildlife and Fisheries (Preservation/Wildlife/Amazing Animal)
  • Nutrition and Fitness
  • Drone Commercial Application Demo/Safety
  • Career Planning Livestock
  • Horticulture (Herbs Container Gardening)
  • Domestic Animals (Horses/Goats/Cattle)

The camp will provide enrichment activities and promote interdisciplinary learning experiences for middle and high school students interested in the industry of agriculture and environmental sciences — with emphasis on career opportunities, emerging technology, citizenship, and leadership development.

Planned activities will encourage, explore and introduce the principles of critical thinking and asking methodical questions, while observing and exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Activities will introduce participants to the necessary 21st century skills involved in sharing experiences and improving existing technologies. These skills will inspire life lessons and enhance participants’ desires to influence better life choices; thus, creating a better quality of life that will promote positive youth development.

Staff from the Alcorn State University School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, Hinds Community College, Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Hinds County Sheriff Department, and Mississippi State University Extension Service will be presenters.

To register, contact Manola Erby, youth specialist, ASUEP at 601-857-0250 or

[email protected].