Students ages 14 to 18 with an interest in learning about the outdoors are encouraged to attend the 51st Nebraska Youth Range Camp, which will be held June 9-13 at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey.
The Nebraska Youth Range Camp consists of a four-and-a-half day curriculum that appeals to students with a wide array of interests, including rangeland management, conservation, ecology, animal science, and wildlife, says Shelly Kelly, camp director.
"With 50 years to perfect and evolve this curriculum, every student, no matter what prior experience they have, will learn substantial information that will help them become more aware of Nebraska's most prevalent land use," she says.
"Rangelands cover nearly 50% of Nebraska and approximately 60% of the United States. These numbers convey the dominance of this land use, but recently there have been several political issues regarding the management of these rangelands. This further emphasizes the reason it is important to educate the youth so we may enable them to become proficient and effective leaders in resource management as well as educated voters."
The students that attend the camp will be involved with field activities, lectures, hand-on experience and recreational leadership and team-building activities that are led by up to 20 of Nebraska's most respected and dedicated leaders, teachers,and professionals from various agencies, colleges and universities, according to Kelly. "Each student will be sent home with new friends, fun memories, a binder that is filled with educational materials, and a t-shirt."
Every student that attended last year received a substantial level of sponsorship, according to Kelly. Interested individuals can find more information, the Range Camp application and a brochure by visiting the Nebraska Society for Range Management website at www.nesrm.org. Once there, click on the Nebraska Youth Range Camp link on the left of the page or send an email to [email protected].
Applications need to be submitted by May 26. Attendance is capped at 65 students and individuals will be selected on a first come first served basis.
Range Camp is made possible through the Nebraska Section of the Society for Range Management, with assistance from several Nebraska ranches, the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition, the Sandhills Task Force, several of Nebraska's Natural Resource Districts, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Service and many volunteers.