Black Hills Natural Resource Youth Camp
Area youth gathered once again at Mallo Camp north of Newcastle, WY to participate in the Black Hills Natural Resource Youth Camp June 15-17th, 2016. The purpose of this camp is to give youth the opportunity to experience a wide variety of activities and educational sessions teaching them about the natural world and its resources. Other activities included fishing, the Wildman Hike teaches kids about predators and prey relationships, a talent show, and various games.
Each child participated in six educational sessions they included: “Bird Banding”, “Who Did It?”, “Wild about Fire”, "Casting for Food”, “Stream Detectives” and “Target Practice”.
"Bird Banding", presented by Jacelyn Downey with the Audubon Rockies taught campers how to safely capture birds and discussed the kind of data taken about the birds they capture. The kids even got to help catch and release the birds caught during the lesson.
Lacey Gurien, with the Weston County Natural Resource District presented “Who Did It?” where campers learned how to identify tracks and scat from wild animals in our area.
In the session “Wild About Fire” Captain Chris Kenney, Tabitha Pillen, Austin Kenney with the Newcastle Volunteer Firefighters, and Jeremy Dedic with Wyoming State Forestry explained to the youth what firefighters must do when they respond to a fire, the data they need to record, and looked at the tools and equipment that is used to fight fires.
“Stream Detectives” presented by Jason Martineau and Chad Rieger from Wyoming DEQ gave a demonstration how to take a few simple water samples to test the health of a stream and how to collect Macroinvertebrates. Both the samples and the type of Macroinvertebrates found in the stream help them to determine if a stream is healthy or not.
The Black Hills Natural Resources Youth Camp has been designed to give young people the opportunity to experience the natural world and its resources through hands-on-activities.
We wish our participants to:
- Understand natural resources, their use and conservation.
- Gain more knowledge about the relationship between all the natural resources.
- Learn some outdoor living skills.
- Gain appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the natural world.
- Have lots of fun and meet new friends.
The Black ills Natural Resource Youth Camp takes place in the Black Hills, is in a scenic canyon with Stockade Beaver Creek flowing through it. The camp facilities are owned and maintained by Weston County, Wyoming. The Lodge is relatively new and has a very modern kitchen, large dining/recreational area and meeting rooms The campers will stay in cabins with chaperones. There are shower facilities located near separated groupings of cabins to allow for easy access. There are excellent places for fun and learning including a well-stocked trout pond.
This years camp is scheduled for June 14-16, 2017. Registration for camp is open, please see the brochure below to sign your child up.