Woodbury--For the past decade, the Natural Resources Management Academy has engaged students in hands-on learning about Vermont's natural resources through an action-packed weekend of educational workshops, fun outdoor activities and multiple opportunities to network with industry professionals.

This year's academy will be held July 7-9 at the Green Mountain Conservation Camp at Buck Lake in Woodbury. It is open to anyone who will enter Grades 7-12 this fall. Although co-sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, participants do not need to be enrolled in 4-H or live in Vermont.

Registrations will be accepted until June 1 at www.uvm.edu/extension/youth. The all-inclusive fee is $125, which covers meals, activities and two nights' accommodations in rustic cabins.

Workshops will be offered on trees, climate change, invasive species, land conservation and trusts, fisheries and natural resource planning. Campers also will go on a "bug hunt" to learn about macro invertebrates, try their hand at orienteering and take part in a canoe scavenger hunt to practice mapping and compass skills.

The weekend will include time to fish, swim, hike and participate in supervised shooting sports along with evening campfires with s'mores. It will conclude with cake and a graduation ceremony that families are welcome to attend.

For questions, 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. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call by June 1.



Lauren A. Traister