Utah Diversity Partners
BLM Utah is committed to the future success of effective stewardship of public lands and resources; youth engagement; and increasing diversity opportunities. Partners help us achieve such goals through environmental education and outdoor activity camps; positive messaging for respectful land-use practices; and innovative scientific approaches to land management.
Nature High Summer Camp began in 1991 as a weeklong camp sponsored by Utah State University. Over the past 20 years the camp has changed its focus from a very rigorous academic experience to a broader based opportunity to expose students to a wide variety of fields in natural resource management. The camp is now run through a cooperative partnership between Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), US Geological Survey (USGS), Utah State University Extension, Snow College and US Forest Service. The goals of the camp are to: Provide high school students with an introduction to public lands management and natural resources; Introduce participants to careers in natural resource management; Encourage women and minorities to pursue careers in science; and Provide an opportunity for students from varied backgrounds to gain respect for the various avenues of natural resource management.
Nature High Summer Camp is a week long, natural resource learning experience for high school aged youth living in Utah. It introduces students to “a day in the life” of a natural resource professional. Students spend time in the field with professionals to learn about the complexities of public land management. Federal employees share their expertise by providing actual field experiences in hydrology, rangeland conservation, wildlife biology, astronomy, soil science and forestry. Participants catch a glimpse of the satisfaction and challenges of a career in natural resources management.