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Natural Resources Youth Camp recruits youth for 27th year

MISSOULA — Youth, ages 14 through 18, are invited to spend a week at camp this summer learning about our natural resources through a series of hands-on experiences in Montana’s outdoors. For over 25 years, the Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp (MNRYC) has provided a safe and fun opportunity for high school age students to study the scientific principles, economic realities, historical heritage, and social perspectives of natural resource management.

“The future decisions of how our natural resources are managed will be made by the youth of today,” says Camp Director Martin Twer. “The camp aims to provide an experience that inspires a personal and professional desire to learn about conservation and management of Montana’s natural resources.”

That is why Twer and others are inviting youth ages 14 through 18 to spend one week (July 14 through 19) learning about Montana’s natural resources in the rustic setting of the Lubrecht Experimental Forest east of Missoula. “The accommodations are comfortable, the food is great, and the instruction and friendships are the best,” Twer says.

Enrollment is open now and qualified campers are accepted on a first-come basis. The fee for camp is $200 that includes meals, supplies, and lodging. Campers are encouraged to contact their local Conservation District for sponsorship, which could cover much of the camp fee.

A limited number of travel assistance grants (up to $100) are available upon request.

An optional program, the Conservation Leadership School (CLS) will be offered for returning campers (fee: $250). It offers advanced curriculum modules concurrently with the class sessions of the core program, and is focused on working landscapes in Montana. They plan to visit a working ranch, tour a saw mill, study fisheries, and learn about stream and landscape restoration work following the Milltown Dam removal. CLS includes an overnight camping trip into the mountains.

Campers in both programs learn about wildlife, forests, streams, soils, geology, rangelands, and multiple land-use and the challenges of applying these disciplines in on-the-ground management. In between the field sessions, taught largely by natural resource agency and industry professionals, campers will spend a half-day rafting the Alberton Gorge, participate in special evening programs, interact with guest speakers, and experience hands-on learning-through-discovery.

To request additional information as well as the application package visit the camp website or contact Camp Director Martin Twer by phone 406-243-2775 or email

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