Still time to sign up tweens and teens for outdoor summer opportunities

Two programs, sponsored by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and University of Vermont Extension 4-H, offer opportunities for young people to make friends, learn outdoor skills and have fun.

Green Mountain Conservation Camps and Natural Resources Management Academy have a few openings remaining for youth interested in conservation, outdoor recreation, wildlife and orienteering.

Green Mountain Conservation Camps
Green Mountain Conservation Camps still have a few openings for kids this summer. Young people ages 12 to 14 can learn about fish and wildlife conservation, ecology, forestry, orienteering, safe firearm and archery techniques, swimming, canoeing, fishing and more.

There are two locations for this one-week overnight camp: Lake Bomoseen in Castleton and Buck Lake in Woodbury. Camps are separated into boys and girls sessions. Basic and advanced sessions are offered; advanced weeks are for campers who have completed a basic session the summer before.

Camps open June 17 and continue until August 17. Tuition is $250 for the week, including food, lodging and equipment. Scholarships are available on a limited basis.

Online applications and information are available at www.vtfishandwildlife.com. For more information about Green Mountain Conservation Camps contact:
fwgmcc@vermont.gov or call 828-1460.

Natural Resources Management Academy
Students entering grades 7-12 this fall can sign up 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 experts about the environment and Vermont’s natural resources. Activities include a canoe scavenger hunt, s’mores by the fire, educational workshops, outdoor activities like fishing and swimming, and more.

UVM Extension 4-H and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife coordinate the weekend event, which is July 13-15 at the Green Mountain Conservation Camp at Buck Lake in Woodbury. The $125 fee includes two nights’ accommodations in rustic cabins.

Registrations will be accepted until June 8 at regonline.com/NRMA2018. 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.

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