University of Vermont

Registration Now Open for Natural Resources Academy

Image courtesy Green Mountain Conservation Camp

Woodbury--A canoe scavenger hunt. Workshops on wildlife and orienteering. Campfires and s'mores. Sound like a fun way to spend a summer weekend?

If you are a student entering Grades 7-12 this fall, sign up now for the Natural Resources Management Academy. Now in its eleventh year, it provides an opportunity for teens to explore the outdoors with other like-minded teens from Vermont and neighboring states and learn from the experts about the environment and Vermont's natural resources. 

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife coordinate the annual event, which will take place July 13-15 at the Green Mountain Conservation Camp at Buck Lake in Woodbury. The all-inclusive fee, which includes two nights' accommodations in rustic cabins, is $125.

Registrations will be accepted until June 8 at If requiring a disability-related accommodation to attend, contact Lauren Traister, UVM Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program coordinator, at (866) 260-5603, ext. 402 (toll-free in Vermont) or (802) 888-4972, ext. 402 by June 8.

Workshops will focus on herps and salamanders, geology, watersheds, soil science and alternative energy. The teens also will practice their navigational skills using a compass and maps in a session on orienteering and a canoe scavenger hunt and hike to an overlook while learning about wildlife biology.

Other fun weekend activities include nightly campfires and s'mores, fishing and swimming in Buck Lake and supervised shooting sports. The academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony and cake. Families are invited to attend the ceremony at no charge.

Questions? Contact Lauren Traister at