Nebraska Range Youth Camp Will Be In June

Sign up for this nearly week-long opportunity to learn more about the state's rangeland resources and how to protection them.

Published on: May 4, 2012

Do you know a young person age 14-18 that is interested in learning more about the outdoors?  If so, encourage them to attend the 49th annual Nebraska Youth Range Camp that is sponsored by the Nebraska Section Society for Range Management. It will be held June 11th – 15th, 2012 at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey.

The Nebraska Youth Range Camp consists of a 4-1/2-day dynamic that appeals to students with a wide array of interests including, but not limited to, rangeland management, conservation, ecology, animal science, and wildlife. Every student, no matter what prior experience they have, will learn information that will help them become more aware of Nebraska's most prevalent landuse.

Ranch tour at the Hamilton Ranch during the 2011 Range Camp
Ranch tour at the Hamilton Ranch during the 2011 Range Camp

Rangelands cover nearly 50% of Nebraska and approximately 60% of the United States. These numbers convey the dominance of this landuse, but recently there has been several political issues regarding the management of these rangelands which is why it is imperative 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 this camp will be actively involved with field activities, lectures, hand-on experience, and recreational leadership and team-building activities that are all led by up to 20 Nebraska leaders, teachers, and professionals from various agencies, colleges, and universities. Each student will be sent home with a binder that is filled with educational materials.

Financial sponsorship is available. Every student that attended last year received a substantial level of sponsorship. Interested individuals can find more information, the Range Camp application and the brochure by visiting the Nebraska Society for Range Management website at www.nesrm.org and then clicking on the Nebraska Youth Range Camp link on the left of the page.