University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

Natural Resources Academy Combines Fun with Hands-On Learning

Woodbury--High school students interested in exploring Vermont's natural resources and learning more about related career opportunities are invited to attend the sixth annual Natural Resources Management Academy, July 19-21 at the Green Mountain Conservation Camp at Buck Lake in Woodbury.

Teens will have the opportunity to participate in educational workshops, network with natural resource professionals and make new friends as they learn more about Vermont's forests, wildlife, water ecosystems and environmental issues. The weekend also includes plenty of time for traditional camp activities including swimming, fishing, canoeing, shooting sports and evening bonfires.

The academy, which is sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, is open to any high school student in Vermont and neighboring states including graduating seniors and anyone who is entering ninth grade in the fall. The all-inclusive fee is $90, due by June 28.

The fee covers two nights' accommodations in rustic cabins, meals, a camp t-shirt and all activities including workshops on trail building, orienteering, invasive species, energy and the environment, water rescue, outdoor survival, fly fishing and herbal first aid kits. The workshops will be led by natural resources experts and include field study, discussions and hands-on recreational and educational experiences.

Interested teens should log onto for the registration brochure and online registration. For more information, 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 Anyone needing a disability-related accommodation to participate, should get in touch with Traister by June 28.

The academy will conclude on Sunday afternoon with a cake and ice cream social and graduation ceremony. Family members are invited to attend both activities at no extra charge.