Beaver Creek Youth Camp

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  • Taking a short break to listen to a story.
  • The Range group slap their brands on a hunk of wood.
  • Throwing water balloons to simulate Rio Grande Compact obligations.
  • Heading out to measure livestock forage capacity.
  • Doing the math to determine acreage forage for a cow/calf combo
  • So many insects to learn about!
  • Forestry campers build their own fires.
  • Creating our own riparian systems with the river trailer.
  • Scavenger Hunt and Hike
  • Learning is great, but how about s'more dessert!
  • Digging in the dirt/soil health fun with soil scientists Sam and Alan.
  • Predator/Prey Games with the Wildlife group
  • Lowering the flag at the end of another super year!
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Youth Conservation Camp

 Each summer, students ages 8-13 years old throughout Southern Colorado sign up for 3 days at conservation camp at Beaver Creek campground in the beautiful Rio Grande National Forest. They have the choice of 5 subject areas; Soil & Water, Range, Forestry, Wildlife, or obtaining their hunters’ safety certification.  By working with our partners from the Rio Grande Watershed Association of Conservation Districts, United States Forest Service, Colorado Parks & Wildlife and many others, we are able to offer a camp that provides these youth an opportunity to get outside and experience natural resources up close. Because of our professional partnerships, kids are also able to receive expert knowledge and get to know the many career avenues available to them in the future.

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Natural Resources Tracks Overview

Campers ages 8 – 13 will participate in the same workshop track for the entire camp period. Groups are small with usually 12-15 campers in each track. Tracks include: Hunter Safety, Soil and Water, Range, Forestry and Wildlife.

Hunter Safety – Includes classroom instruction and firing range practice. Upon successfully passing all exams participants will earn a Colorado Hunter Safety card.  Participants must be 11 or older.

Soil & Water – Participants will learn about the importance of soil and water in our natural environment – field exercises include: water games, plant identification and the river trailer. Recommended for first time campers.

Range – The importance of managing our open spaces and how to measure impacts may include noxious weeds identification, animal and plant interaction, and livestock identification and care.

Forestry – Principles of forest management, tree growth, fire, responsible use of public lands, along with fun activities for outdoor learning.

Wildlife – A wide variety of activities which can include stocking fish, learnings about nuisance bears, wildlife tracks and scat, observing wildlife in nature, along with great stories by the presenters.



A huge THANK YOU to our 2018 corporate sponsors!

Southern Colorado Farms

Mountain Valley Agribusiness

SLV Garden Center

Jack's Market

Neufeld Farms, Ltd.

Monte Vista Co-op

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 Other funding and partnerships made possible by:

 Sponsors   Trinchera   SaguacheCo





Anti-discrimination Policy: The Rio Grande Watershed Conservation Education Program prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.

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