08-24-18 Camp Rocky: A Big Success

The range management group displays their instructional book on range management: Range and Pasture Management Source Unit for Colorado Teachers.

Camp Rocky: A Big Success

Ben Berlinger, Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management Youth Activities Chair

Camp Rocky 2018 was held on July 8-14 at the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp near Divide, CO.  This year there were 30 high school students participating from all parts of Colorado.  The range management group had 9 students participating.  This year’s curriculum consisted of three major disciplines: Range Management, Soil and Water Conservation, and Wildlife Management.  The range management group instructors were Dan Nosal and Ben Berlinger, who also represented the Colorado Section SRM (CSSRM).  Beth Fortman, Ciara Ahrens, and Jeff Goats, from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) were instructors for the soil and water discipline.  Marina Osier, NRCS Partners Biologist, Ty Woodward, Private Lands Wildlife Biologist, and Tim Kroening, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, were the instructors for the fish and wildlife curriculum this year.

Breanna Etl displays a grass plant during field work on grass anatomy. Breanna was recognized as the outstanding student in the range management group and received an SRM belt buckle for her dedicated efforts throughout the week.

Camp Rocky is Colorado’s premier outdoor learning experience for high school students who want to learn more about and gain a better appreciation of the natural resources of Colorado.  This youth educational event sponsored by the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts, (CACD) with the help of other natural resource conservation partners.

During the week the students are engaged in various learning activities associated with their respective disciplines.  At the end of the week, students will use their group learning experience to develop and present a resource management action plan.  Additional camper activities throughout the week included volleyball games, hiking, group challenges, nightly natural resource presentations, and a talent show!

The CSSRM presented certificates to all the range management students.  A SRM belt buckle was presented to Breanna Etl, of Weld County, for her outstanding involvement in the range group (see picture).  Each student in the range management group received a copy of the Range and Pasture Management Source Unit for Colorado Teachers reference book to take home with them.  The book was used throughout the week by the range management group as an instructional resource (see picture).  Contact Ben Berlinger, CSSRM Youth Activities Chair, for further information about Camp Rocky, or if you would like to obtain a copy of the Source Unit range management book; 719-469-3895 or Ben.Berlinger@co.usda.gov.

Camp Rocky range management group out on the range! CSSRM president Dan Nosal and Youth Activities Chair Ben Berlinger instructed during the week.