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Academy Invites Teens to Explore Natural World

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Participants at a past Natural Resources Management Academy took part in a lake assessment workshop on Buck Lake in Woodbury.

delving into watershed science and other natural resources topics is free for anyone from Vermont and neighboring states entering grades seven through 10 this fall.

There’s still time to sign up for the Natural Resources Management Academy, which will be held at the Green Mountain Conservation Camp at Buck Lake in Woodbury. The dates are July 14 to July 16. For youth who like being outdoors, are considering a career or college studies in a natural resources field or want to spend a weekend camping with friends who love nature, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity.

The annual weekend is sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. Vermont EPSCoR is covering all costs for participants, including registration, accommodations for two nights in rustic cabins, meals, snacks and all activities.

Activities include working with natural resources professionals in interactive workshops to learn about fish health, planning and zoning, ecological restoration, watershed science and how food waste is converted to fuels, exploring the woods on a nature hike and honing compass and mapping skills on a canoe scavenger hunt.

The program will conclude with lunch on Sunday. Parents and family members are invited to join you after lunch for cake and the graduation ceremony.

Registration is open until June 23 at uvm.edu/extension/youth. If requiring language interpretation, translation assistance and/or a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Lauren Traister at (802) 656-7565 or [email protected]

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