Camp Offers High School Students Chance at a Summer Job in the Outdoors


ST. GEORGE – Youth searching to start their summer vacation with unforgettable adventures don’t need to look further than the Color Country Natural Resources Camp (CCNRC).  Hosted at Blue Springs near Panguitch, from Tuesday May 31, 2011, through Saturday June 4, 2011, CCNRC educates youth about the values and issues surrounding natural resources and helps students learn more about many potential career opportunities in natural resources and how to prepare for them.

Camp participants acquire skills through a variety of daily activities, from expert-lead seminars and workshops, to recreational activities such as soil and water sampling, plant and wildlife investigations, orienteering, outdoor photography, fishing, mountain biking, and sea kayaking among many others.

Camp organizers are currently recruiting for the 2011 season open to high school students interested in science, natural resources and outdoor recreation.

A $75 fee will cover all food, camping, recreation activities and transportation for the weeklong camp.  Students will need to provide their own sleeping bags.  Fee waivers may be granted for special situations. Camp attendees are also eligible for ¼ science credit through Washington County School District.

Several college scholarships will also be awarded. Students will be selected from the applications based on interest, background, and ability. Camp participants selected will be qualified to apply for a limited number of summer employment opportunities with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The Red Cliffs Desert Reserve also offers a student internship that participants may apply for as well.

“This is such a wonderful opportunity for students who are interested in the outdoors and natural resource careers to get some real on-the-ground, real-world experience,” said Camp Director Sandy Ferrell. Over a decade ago, Ferrell, also the Principal of Sunrise Ridge Intermediate helped organize the camp program and has helped grow it into what is known today as a great success story. “Many of the camp graduates have gone on to work for various land management agencies as a direct result of participating
in this enjoyable educational experience.”

Applications and information are available on the web at, or at the Interagency Information Center, 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George.  The application deadline for an internship is April 29 at which time a camp application must also be submitted. The deadline for submitting applications to attend camp only is May 1.

Sponsors for the camp from donations to natural resource and recreation instruction include:

·     Washington County School District
·     Bureau of Land Management
·     Arizona Strip Interpretive Association
·     Red Cliffs Desert Reserve
·     Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
·     Utah State University, Washington County Extension
·     Utah State University Extension, College of Natural Resources
·     Kaibab – Paiute Tribal Council
·     U.S. Forest Service
·     Dixie Applied Technology Center
·     Dixie Soil Conservation District

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