Academy teaches youth about natural resources

VERMONT — Students with a passion for the outdoors will have the opportunity to learn more about Vermont’s natural resources this summer at the 12th annual Natural Resources Management Academy.
It’s set for July 19-21 at Green Mountain Conservation Camp at Buck Lake in Woodbury and is open to any student in Vermont or neighboring states entering Grades 7-10 in the fall. The fee is $125 and covers all meals, activities and two nights’ accommodations in rustic cabins.
The weekend will offer a mix of hands-on activities, outdoor exploration and time to network with natural resources professionals to learn about related careers. Expert-led workshops will focus on orienteering, citizen science, fishing techniques and fish processing, GIS mapping in natural resources management and wildlife in a changing climate.
Campers also will take part in supervised shooting sports and a canoe scavenger hunt to practice mapping and compass skills. Traditional camp activities will include swimming, fishing, hiking and evening bonfires with s’mores.
The academy, which is sponsored by UVM Extension 4-H and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, will end with a graduation ceremony and cake at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Parents and family members are welcome to attend the ceremony at no charge.
Registration is open until June 1, with space limited to 30 participants. To register go to regonline.com/NRMA2019.
Limited financial scholarship assistance is available for families in need. Contact Lauren Traister, University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program coordinator, at 866-260-5603 (within Vermont), or 802-888-4972, ext. 402. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call by June 3.

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