Sunday, April 20, 2014

60th Annual Youth Range Camp

The 60th Annual Youth Range Workshop is being held on June 22-27, 2014 at the Texas Tech University Center at Junction, Texas. Registration of 4-H and FFA youth for this 6 day training is open.  We can accept up to 45 youth from the ages of 14-17 years old who have an interest in the management of the largest natural resource in the state of Texas, rangeland. The workshop covers 26 major topic areas of knowledge from rangeland ecology, ecological principles, natural resource management, rangelands of the world, plant identification, toxic plants, plant collecting, rangeland hydrology and watershed management, grazing management, range animal nutrition, management tools such as prescribed burning, land and ranch planning, wildlife management, the water cycle, endangered species, invasive organisms, rangeland monitoring, daily public speaking activities, leadership roles and many more. During the week, field trips are made away from the Tech Center to the Kerr Wildlife Management Area near Hunt, a ranch in Menard County and a ranch in Mason County. Training is provided in a classroom setting but is followed up with hands-on training outdoors in the field. The Workshop directors have a great expectation from this opportunity that participating youth will return home not to just help make decisions on family property but that they become a resource in their individual county and serve as a junior leader or teen leader in the 4-H range science project area. The Youth Range Workshop has been held every year since 1955. More than 2000 Texas youth have participated in this learning opportunity. The workshop concerns education and knowledge but recreation from swimming, volleyball and softball are all part of the daily activities of this program.

Youth who are interested need to email Cory for an application.

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