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(For the week of April 19, 2010)
Outdoor Summer Camps Offer Fun and Education
by James L. Cummins

Those with a love for the outdoors can take advantage of four upcoming conservation camps this summer offered through Mississippi State University's (MSU) College of Forest Resources.

Three of the camps are inter-generational and geared for anyone interested in the outdoors. Designed for students 10 years or older, the camps are useful for those who participate in the Envirothon or on Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program teams. Students may attend individually or with parents, guardians or grandparents.

The three inter-generational camps will be based at MSU and hosted by the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture. Food, lodging and on-site transportation are included in the fee. Each camp will be limited to 25 participants, and registration will close when the camps are full. The fees for the camps are $325 per person or $300 per person when a parent attends with a child.

Two Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture camps will be offered May 30-June 3 and June 27-July 1. Activities will include boater and hunter safety, river ecology and fish trapping, archery and bow fishing, rifle and shotgun shooting, tracking and trapping and an introduction to scuba diving.

The Basic Insect and Plant Ecology camp will be held June 13-17 in collaboration with the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. Activities and topics will include collecting insects, plant ecology and succession, insect/plant interactions, insect photography, edible plants and insects and a bee hive tour.

The inter-generational camps offer continuing education credits for teachers. For more information on these camps, contact John Guyton at (662) 325-3482 or Registration can be completed online at

The Natural Resources Summer Camp will be held June 6-10 and is geared toward high school students. Hosted by the College of Forest Resources, this camp will introduce students to the diverse world of natural resources and explore career opportunities in environmental science and conservation.

This camp costs $175 and will include food, lodging and on-site transportation. Activities will include water quality testing, tree identification, canoeing, natural resources law enforcement, birds, waterfowl, wildlife habitats and management, wood properties and global positioning systems.

For more information on this camp, contact Patsy Foster at (662) 325-5548 or Online registration is available at

James L. Cummins is executive director of Wildlife Mississippi, a non-profit, conservation organization founded to conserve, restore and enhance fish, wildlife and plant resources throughout Mississippi.