UVM Natural Resources Management Academy Registration Open


        The Natural Resources Management Academy, a premier environmental weekend event for teens, promises plenty of outdoor experiential learning, fun recreational activities and opportunities to make new friends who share a passion for the outdoors. It takes place July 20-22 at Green Mountain Conservation Camp at Buck Lake in Woodbury.

        University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife coordinate the program, which is open to all Vermont high school students, including anyone entering ninth grade in the fall as well as graduating seniors. The cost is $90, which covers all meals, workshops and activities, a camp T-shirt and two nights' accommodations in rustic cabins.

        Early registration is recommended due to the popularity of the academy, now in its fifth year. Registrations will be accepted until June 8 or the camp is full.

        To sign up, visit http://www.uvm.edu/extension/4-Hevents. If questions, contact Lauren Traister, UVM Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program Coordinator, at (866) 260-5603, ext. 402 (within Vermont) or (802) 888-4972, ext. 402, or by e-mail at lauren.traister@uvm.edu. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please get in touch with Traister by June 8.

        Natural resources experts will lead a number of interactive workshops designed to challenge teens' thinking about environmental and natural resources management issues that impact Vermont. They also will help them discover the state's vast natural resources, including its woodlands, wildlife and water ecosystems, firsthand.

        Workshop topics tentatively include understanding why floods happen, loons on Buck Lake and exploring the night sky. Campers also will learn how to be a field naturalist, give the forest a health check and get the dirt on soil science, among other hands-on, outdoor activities.

        In addition, the academy allows ample time for traditional camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, fishing, group games, shooting sports and evening campfires with s'mores. It ends with a graduation ceremony at 1 p.m. on Sunday that parents and family members are invited to attend.