Youth Conservation Camp
Each summer, students ages 8-13 years old throughout Southern Colorado sign up for 3 days at conservation camp at Beaver Creek campground in the beautiful Rio Grande National Forest. They have the choice of 5 subject areas; Soil & Water, Range, Forestry, Wildlife, or obtaining their hunters’ safety certification. By working with our partners from the Rio Grande Watershed Association of Conservation Districts, United States Forest Service, Colorado Parks & Wildlife and many others, we are able to offer a camp that provides these youth an opportunity to get outside and experience natural resources up close. Because of our professional partnerships, kids are also able to receive expert knowledge and get to know the many career avenues available to them in the future.
Natural Resources Tracks Overview
Campers ages 8 – 13 will participate in the same workshop track for the entire camp period. Groups are small with usually 12-15 campers in each track. Tracks include: Hunter Safety, Mud Buds (formerly Soil and Water), Range, Forestry and Wildlife.
Hunter Safety – Includes classroom instruction and firing range practice. Participants will need to complete the online portion before coming to camp for the field section and final test. Upon successfully passing all exams participants will earn a Colorado Hunter Safety card. Participants must be 10 or older.
Mud Buds (formerly Soil & Water) – Participants will learn about the importance of soil and water in our natural environment – field exercises include: water games, plant identification and the river trailer. Recommended for first time campers.
Rangeland Science – How do plants and animals work together to survive? Why do we need livestock to help manage our open spaces? All these questions plus activities about pollinators and a wide variety of plant life will be an exciting and interactive experience.
Forestry – Principles of forest management, tree growth, fire, responsible use of public lands, along with fun activities for outdoor learning.
Wildlife – Scats, tracks, and bears, oh my! Wildlife management includes more than just these elements, and your child will enjoy learning from Colorado Parks & Wildlife officers to discover just how amazing our Colorado wildlife and habitats really are.
A huge THANK YOU to our 2018 corporate sponsors!
Southern Colorado Farms
Mountain Valley Agribusiness
SLV Garden Center
Neufeld Farms, Ltd.
Monte Vista Co-op
Other funding and partnerships made possible by: