The Vermont Fish &Wildlife Department started taking applications for its Green Mountain Conservation Camp program online for the first time this year, and with the number of applications that are coming in, it looks like the change is successful. On March 27, the department had reserved 569 out of 988 openings for student campers.
“We began taking online applications to help people apply on their own and to improve efficiencies in the office,” said Fish & Wildlife Education Coordinator Alison Thomas. “As with any new digitized program, there were a few glitches, but we fixed them quickly, and people are successfully applying at a good rate.”
The one-week camp program for 12-14-year olds is held at two locations -- Lake Bomoseen in Castleton and Buck Lake in Woodbury. Campers participate in hands-on learning experiences about fish and wildlife conservation, ecology, forestry, orienteering, safe firearm and archery techniques, swimming canoeing, fishing and more in an attractive outdoor setting. Natural resource professionals come to the camp during the week to share information on their programs and take campers out for field activities.
Conservation Camps open June 16 and continue until August 16. Tuition is $250 for the week, including food, lodging and equipment. Check the Fish & Wildlife website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) for information as well as scholarship availability for those with financial need. Information about the program is under “Education and Training” on the left side of the home page, and here is a link to the online registration page: https://anrnode.anr.state.vt.us/GMCC/ApplyCamp1.aspx A printable application also is available.
For more information about Green Mountain Conservation Camps contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-241-3768.
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. The program's greatest strength is connecting young people to the outdoors. The camp program is sponsored in part through a grant from the Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program.