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By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Communication Director: Seriously! Low registration means the Natural Resource Conservation Workshop for Arizona youth might be cancelled. The Driscoll family would tell you your kids are missing out!

Farm Bureau members, David and Penny Driscoll of San Simon sent their son, Tyler, on the program’s week-long adventure, an interactive camp bringing together the latest in science and natural resource technology.

“I would definitely recommend this camp to any interested parent,” says Penny Driscoll, Tyler’s mom. “Tyler learned how to identify range grasses and their uses, how to use a compass, and understand wildlife. Most of all he learned about range management and natural resources.”

And while the Driscolls are a farm family, operating Coyote Canyon Farms Inc., Penny even advocates that non-agriculture kids participate. “Yes, I would highly recommend this camp to urban families.

From July 25th to July 29th, this year’s camp marks the 52nd year the Society for Range Management and the University of Arizona CALS Cooperative Extension and 4-H Youth Development has hosted it. Mingus Mountain in the Prescott National Forest is the setting for learning about water, soils, plants, and other natural resources. Campers will discover nature by conducting experiments and completing outdoor projects. A major focus will be on hydrology and the management of watersheds. Because the week-long camp is so hands on, campers will have opportunities to discuss and debate natural resource and management issues. Various group activities such as fishing, hiking, swimming, volleyball and horseshoes will be available during free time. The deadline to sign up is has been extended to June 1.

Eligible campers can be from grades 8 through 12th in the fall of 2016. Of course, sponsors are looking for kids interested in the outdoors and the environment. No applicant will be denied attendance because of financial need. Selection is based on the merit of the application.

So, what did Tyler Driscoll think? “The program enhanced my prior knowledge of natural resources,” he said. A high schooler actively engaged in 4-H and FFA and competition archery shooting, Tyler is an avid sportsman. “I went swimming in the lake, played kickball and volleyball, and horseshoes. Plus, I got to network with other high school students. It’s what helped me decide to meet new people, learn about Arizona’s natural resources and enjoy the fun outdoor activities.”

Tyler comes from a farming family in San Simon. His dad, Brian, manages FICO’s investments in the San Simon Valley. His mom, Penny, works as the District Conservationist for NRCS in the Wilcox office.

For more information on the camp and to sign up, the Natural Resource Conversation Workshop for Arizona Youth flyer provides all the details. 

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