Natural Resources Careers Camp Accepting Applicants

By Dave Keane

For students entering grades 9 through 12.

Students conducting a fish survey on the Cassleman River
Students conducting a fish survey on the Cassleman River

High school students interested in forestry, fisheries, wildlife, or park management are invited to join teens from across the Mid Atlantic at the week-long Natural Resources Careers Camp (NRCC), being held from July 22nd to 28th at the Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County, MD. Students will explore related college studies and professions through hands-on activities with experts from a variety of conservation fields.

“This program is perfect for young adults who are planning a career in conservation, and those who may be interested in forestry or natural resources and want to see if this line of work is a right fit,” said Donna Davis, project forester for the MD Department of Natural Resources.
Students work in groups of six or eight led by wildlife biologists, foresters and other natural resources professionals throughout the week.

Another exciting part of the program is College Night, where representatives from West Virginia University, Penn State, University of Maryland, Frostburg University, Allegany College of Maryland and Garrett College speak about their programs.

Professors and department heads will share information and material with interested students.
The NRCC is sponsored by MD’s Forest Conservancy District Boards, Allegany College of Maryland, the MD Department of Natural Resources – Forest Service and the MD Forestry Foundation. The camp has been held annually for over 45 years.

Students who will be entering grades 9 through 12 next year and are interested in Natural Resources careers are eligible to apply. Applications are available at Local Forest Conservancy District Boards interview, recommend and offer scholarships for students to attend the camp. Space is limited so interested participants are encouraged to apply online today!
Dan Neuland visited the camp back in 2015 and wrote a very nice article about the camp.