Natural Resources Careers Camp

May 28, 2013

The Maryland Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards is holding a career conference for high school students in the Mid-Atlantic area who are interested in a career in Natural Resources. The conference is a weeklong summer program held July 21 – 27, 2013 in Garrett County, Maryland.

The Natural Resources Careers Camp is a co-educational program designed to acquaint Maryland high school students with careers in Forestry and Natural Resource management. Students learn about careers through hands-on activities and first-hand contact with professionals from a variety of careers.

Students work in small groups of 6 or 8 with a group leader. Natural Resource professionals, such as wildlife biologists, park managers, arborists, foresters and water resources biologists serve as guest instructors throughout the week. The program culminates with the groups writing a management plan on a small tract of forest they have been working in during the week.

College Night is also part of the program. Representatives from Allegany College of Maryland, the University of Maryland, Frostburg University, Garrett College, Virginia Tech and West Virginia University talk about their programs. Professors and department heads bring information and material to share with students who are eager to talk to the different schools.

The program is co-sponsored by Allegany College of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources-Forest Service and has been held annually for over 20 years. This program is especially helpful for students who think they would like to work in a Natural Resources field but who are not really sure.

Students entering grades 9-12 next year are eligible to apply. Applications are available online at www.marylandforestryboards.org/nrcc.cfm. Students will be chosen through an application process with the local Forest Conservancy District Board who will also cover the tuition costs. Transportation to and from the camp will not be provided. The program will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information, contact David Gailey @ 301-880-2746 or dgailey@dnr.state.md.us.

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