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Young Campers Learn About Natural Resources

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By KMVT News

Ketchum, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The best way to learn about the great outdoors is to dive right in. That's what the University of Idaho's natural resources camp is all about. Dozens of kids ages 12 to 14 are learning about the natural resources all around them.

Going away to camp can be kind of scary, especially if you've never done it before. But these kids are doing it to learn about the natural resources right here in Southern Idaho.

New camper Kaysie Bingham says, “She told me that there would be canoeing and archery. I found that interesting.”

First time camper Taybree Bradley says, “Yeah, I'm scared because my older sister isn't here to support me. I'm a little nervous because I'm a long ways away from home. But at the same time, I'm excited to learn.”

These campers are settling in at the Central Idaho 4-H Camp 17 miles north of Ketchum. This week they'll learn about the forest, rangeland, and water, along with other environmental issues.

12 year old Caylee Atkinson says, “Learning about the trees and the plants and the wildlife. And learning how to do new things.”

Some of those new things are digging soil pits, and looking at different colors of dirt, discovering what kind of wild life live on the range, and there's also a class where the kids learn about water quality.

University of Idaho Extension Forestry Specialist Randy Brooks says, “And again the hands-on activities, You can lecture to them, but when you actually show them and they get their hands dirty, they remember that. That's something they take home.”

The University of Idaho sponsors the camp every year. Randy Brooks hopes this camp gets kids excited about managing the great outdoors, so they'll go to college to do just that.

June 24, 2013.


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