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Attendees at the Green River Valley Land Trust Youth Camp.
Attendees at the Green River Valley Land Trust Youth Camp.

Green River Valley Trust

BLM partnered with the Green River Valley Land Trust (GRVLT) to sponsor an outdoor Nature Camp in Sublette County, Wyo., for the first time this year. The youth camp, called Take It Outside (TIO), offers a nature-based curriculum intent on educating the next generation of conservationists by instilling in them a love of nature. This year, the week-long day-only TIO was held from June 28 through July 2, 2010 near Pinedale, Wyo., and hosted 50 children, ages 7 to 14. The final day of TIO included an evening BBQ for campers and their families with a talent show and awards ceremony.

The nature-based youth awareness program provides an opportunity for campers to explore their relationship with the natural world around them. Children learn about where they live, and by spending a week “living with nature,” campers become stewards of nature - the next generation of conservationists.

Staff from the Pinedale Field Office worked with GRVLT and other community partners to develop instruction, education, and recreation opportunities which would be both engaging and fun for children in Sublette County. Since the camp’s inception in 2009, BLM employees Deej Brown, Summer Schulz, and Sam Drucker have served as volunteer camp “teachers” encouraging volunteer ethic and teaching programs on flora/fauna, invasive species, and archaeology. BLM wildland firefighters also brought their fire trucks and equipment and taught campers how they fight fires.

TIO received a $10,000 grant from BLM under an assistance agreement.

Last updated: 08-12-2010