FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Heidi Crum
Rangeland Program Coordinator
Montana DNRC (406) 444-6619
June 13, 2012
Montana Youth Range Camp July 16 - 20
HELENA, Mont. – Applications are now available for the 2012 Montana Youth Range Camp. This year's camp will be held the week of July 16-20 at the Grassy Mountain Lodge near the town of Townsend, Mont., and is open to all youth ages 12 -18.
Students will attend outdoor classes covering four major subjects: water and riparian areas; soils and geology; rangeland monitoring; and wildlife and livestock grazing management. Students also receive instruction in plant identification and anatomy, and work in teams to solve a natural resource or range management problem, presenting their solutions to a panel of judges at the end of the week.
Along with coursework, Youth Range Camp offers opportunities for fun and recreation. Campers will have the opportunity to tour the Montana Elk Company. One night will involve staying up late and learning about bats and other nocturnal wildlife. There will an evening of geo-caching along with campfires and other fun activities. A dance takes place on the last night.
Scholarships may available by contacting your local conservation district for more information. Additional assistance and help to run the camp is being provided by Montana DNRC and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Cost for the camp is $125.00 and includes meals, lodging and all scheduled activities. Campers must register by June 29, 2012.
The 2012 Montana Youth Range Camp is hosted by the Broadwater Conservation District. For more information, contact Heidi Crum, DNRC Rangeland Program Coordinator at (406) 444-6619, or Denise Thompson with the Broadwater Conservation District at (406) 266-3146 ext. 104. For more information, including an application form, visit the DNRC Web site. Updates on Montana Youth Range Camp and other events can be found on the Facebook page.###DNRC###
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