Monday, April 08, 2013

Nature High Summer Camp


Nature High Summer Camp is a high-adventure, event-filled week for high school students across the state of Utah. The camp will be held July 8-13, 2013 on the Manti-LaSal National Forest in Ephraim, Utah. It is sponsored by several government agencies, including the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and the Utah Conservation Districts. The goal of the camp is to expose students to the activities of natural resource agencies in hopes of encouraging them to study and choose careers in science, natural resource management, and agriculture. Federal professionals share their expertise by providing actual field experiences in Hydrology, Forest Health and Entomology, Wildlife Biology, Soils and Forestry. They help the participants see the fun (and frustrations) of a federal career.

Srp_7909Despite the learning-based theme of camp, students and camp staff alike have an exciting time getting to know one other. Throughout the week students have fun with team games, a cultural Olympics, local guest speakers, a tour of Snow College (including a few hours in the recreation center), career fair, and a star party at the top of the mountain. The students leave enlightened and entertained, thrilled at their experience.

The ultimate goal of the camp is recruitment into federal natural resource jobs. Every year after camp, multiple students are chosen and placed in student position and in seasonal positions to give them more experience in their desired fields.  Diversity is an important part of camp recruitment, and is very apparent in the attendees various facets of life. The success of the camp is immeasurable, and the students leave each year with a greater appreciation of land management agencies and with a greater interest in becoming part of the amazing work these agencies do.

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