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Youth encouraged to apply for range camp

Students ages 14–18 with an interest in learning about the outdoors are encouraged to attend the 53rd Nebraska Youth Range Camp June 6-10 at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey.

The Nebraska Youth Range Camp 4 days of learning about rangeland management, conservation, ecology, animal science and wildlife. With over 50 years to perfect and evolve this curriculum, every student will become more aware of Nebraska’s most prevalent land use.

Rangelands cover nearly 50% of Nebraska and approximately 60% of the United States. These numbers convey the dominance of this land use, but recently there have been several political issues regarding the management of these rangelands. This further emphasizes the reason it is important to educate the youth to enable them to become proficient and effective leaders in resource management, as well as educated voters.

The students who attend range 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 of Nebraska’s most respected and dedicated leaders, teachers and professionals from various agencies, colleges and universities.

Students will also prepare for the upcoming range judging season and be a step ahead of the competition. The range judging contest format will be changing this year and range camp students will be among the first to learn about the changes.

Each student will be sent home with new friends, fun memories, a binder that is filled with educational materials and a T-shirt.

Financial sponsorship is available. Every student who 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 clicking on the Nebraska Youth Range Camp link on the left of the page or sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Applications need to be submitted by May 27. Attendance is capped at 65 students. Individuals will be selected on a first come, first served basis.

Range Camp is an event that is made possible through the Nebraska Section of the Society for Range Management with assistance from several Nebraska ranches, the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition, the Sandhills Task Force, several of Nebraska’s Natural Resource Districts, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Service and many volunteers.