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March 12, 2008

Conservation Camp Openings Announced

WATERBURY, VT – If you are 12 to 14 years old and want to learn about Vermont’s wildlife and gain outdoor skills this summer, consider attending one of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s Green Mountain Conservation Camps.

Camp sessions start on Sunday, June 15. The two Conservation Camps, Edward F. Kehoe in Castleton and Buck Lake in Woodbury, reach an average of 1,000 children each summer for a five-night, six-day residential outdoor experience. The curriculum provides hands-on instruction in wildlife and fisheries management, fishing, canoeing, wetland ecology, hunter education, outdoor safety, low-impact camping, and outdoor ethics.

Camper evaluations after completing the program indicate that 89 percent of all of the children attending say they had fun, 84 percent say they were more confident in their outdoor skills, and 78 percent say the camp increased their appreciation for the outdoors.

Fish & Wildlife urges anyone interested to print a copy of the camp application from their website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).

For more information about Green Mountain Conservation Camps contact: Jessica Plouffe at 802-241-3768 or email: (jessica.plouffe@state.vt.us).

Vermont's conservation camp program is unique because it is sponsored and directed by Fish & Wildlife Department professionals -- the same people who manage Vermont’s fish and wildlife resources. Working biologists, foresters, game wardens and conservation educators teach young people about Vermont's forests, wetlands and wildlife. They give youth life skills and knowledge so they can continue the state's traditional rural pursuits, enjoying all aspects of the outdoor world. The program's greatest strength is connecting young people to the outdoors.

Fish & Wildlife’s Green Mountain Conservation Camp program is entering its 43rd year.

Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: March 14, 2008 16:26:15