University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

4-H & Youth

Teen Outdoor Weekend Features Nature Education and Fun

Youth explore the forest at a previous Natural Resources Management Academy weekend.

Woodbury--Calling all teens who love the outdoors. The Natural Resources Management Academy is looking for high school students interested in having fun while learning about Vermont's lakes, forests, soils and wildlife.

This annual outdoor educational weekend, July 11 to 13, also provides an opportunity to network with natural resources professionals and explore career options. It will be held at the Green Mountain Conservation Camp at Buck Lake in Woodbury.

Any high school student in Vermont and neighboring states, including graduating seniors and those starting ninth grade in the fall, may attend. Registrations will be accepted until June 19 at The all-inclusive fee is $95, which covers meals, two nights' lodging in cabins, a camp T-shirt and all workshops and activities.

Anyone requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate, should contact Lauren Traister, UVM Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program Coordinator, by the registration deadline. She can be reached at (866) 260-5603, ext. 402 (within Vermont) or (802) 888-4972, ext. 402, or by e-mail at

The weekend is jointly sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife and offers workshops on water rescue, aquatic ecology, fishing and canoeing, forest health, invasive insect species, fisheries, soil science, herbal first aid kits and nature photography. Shooting sports, swimming and evening campfires with s'mores round out the weekend schedule.

The academy starts at 7 p.m. on Friday night and ends with a graduation ceremony and cake and ice cream social at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, which parents and other family members are invited to attend.