Hello, and nice to meet you!
My name is Ellie Johnson and I am a graduate student at Clemson University pursuing a Masters of Science in Forest Resources. My current work is centered around the longleaf pine restoration project taking place at the Camden Battlefield and Longleaf Pine Preserve in Camden, South Carolina. My research requires me to wear a lot of hats: designing and establishing a site inventory survey to identify the current vegetation community, conducting reseeding experiments for the prominent bunchgrass species little bluestem Schizachyrium scoparium, and creating environmental education opportunities for SC public schools.
This last component has led me to talking with you! I want to see how one could bring the sensory experience that is environmental outreach to a person's own home and backyard. With these activities I aim to assist teachers dealing with the limitations of online education, foster environmental
literacy and stewardship to the longleaf pine savanna ecosystem, and encourage
others to connect with the natural world around them. I hope you find something
on this website that interests you, and maybe learn something new!
If you want to learn more about the other work I'm involved with in Camden, SC
or at Clemson University, click on the "Gallery" to see some research photos.
Collaborators and Related Organizations
Historic Camden Foundation
The Historic Camden Society is the main collaborator for all of the different projects you will find on this website. Their mission is to "protect, preserve, and celebrate Camden’s extraordinary Colonial and Revolutionary War history." Click the button below to learn more!
Clemson University's Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department is the financial, social, and emotional support for all of my work. There are amazing people that work here and are involved in a wide array of research projects. Click the button below to learn more!
SC Botanical Garden
The South Carolina Botanical Garden is a 295 acre greenspace located just south of Clemson University. They showcase a variety of natural and curated landscapes that highlight ecosystems endemic to South Carolina and showcase plants from around the world. Click the button below to learn more!