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Camp Rocky Offers Youth Educational Adventures

Lakewood, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture invites youth ages 14 through 19 who are looking for an educational outdoor adventure to register for Camp Rocky, held July 9 -15 in a mountain setting above Colorado Springs near Divide. The camp is geared toward youth who enjoy the outdoors and are interested in natural resources.

Camp Rocky staff members are professionals in their respective resource fields. These professionals help participants learn about their environment while working in teams and meeting other students from across Colorado. Each year, new and returning students choose one of the following resource fields for their area of focus:

– Forest Management: The forestry team learns about different forest types, how to determine the overall health of the forest, how to find a tree’s age without cutting it down, why trees can be “dangerous,” and how fire can be “good” for forest health and safety.

– Soil and Water Conservation: This team learns about two primary components of nature: soil and water. They will “create” a river and learn how different types of soil affect plants, wildlife, and humans.

– Rangeland Science: The rangeland science team learns about “fitness” of rangeland and forage. They will study how rangelands provide food for animals, habitat for wildlife, chemicals for fuel, and clean water for drinking and recreation.

– Fish and Wildlife Management: The wildlife biology team will track a radio-collared animal, go electro-fishing, and learn how different types of Colorado wildlife survive the elements.

Participants will also explore, discuss, and use critical thinking and problem solving techniques to find solutions for various controversial environmental issues. Additional activities include volleyball games, hiking, campfires, the Camp Rocky Challenge, and a dance.

Eligible youth include those who have completed eighth grade by June 2006 through age 19. The cost is $250, all inclusive. Limited scholarships are available. For more information contact your local Conservation District or the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts, phone (970) 248-0070 or email


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