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Camp Mallo hosts 'Conservation: We’re All In'

Posted: Thursday, Jun 27th, 2013

Taj Woodington (L to R), Andrew Brummond, James Stone, Chico Cole, Alec Penfield, Ashley Christianson, Danni Larson, Riley Shaw, Pacen Gifford, Riley Marker and front row Drake Lamp. Not shown were group leaders Clint and Amanda Anderson and Lisa Shaw Niobrara Conservation District Manager.Alec John Penfield draws his bow in the archery session. Photos/Lisa Shaw

Eleven Lusk students joined sixty other area youth once again at Mallo Camp north of Newcastle, WY to participate in the Black Hills Natural Resource Youth Camp June 12-14th. The purpose of this camp is to give youth the opportunity to experience a wide variety of activities and educational sessions teaching them about the natural world and its resources. Other activities included fishing, the Wildman Hike teaches kids about predators and prey relationships, a talent show, a presentation on bats and their benefit to the world, and various games.

Each child participated in six educational sessions they included: “Survival of the Fittest”, “Trivia”, “Treasure Hunt”, “Casting for Food”, “How Many Bears?”, and “Target Practice”. “Survival of the Fittest”, presented by Ian Scott with Gillette College, taught campers basic knot tying skills and how to STOP when lost in the wilderness. STOP stands for Stop, Think, Observe, and Plan.

Lindsay Wood with Wyoming Ag in the Classroom presented “Trivia” where campers learned about beef nutrition, by products, animal facts, and safe animal handling.

“Treasure Hunt” with Jeremy Dedic, from Sate Forestry gave a demonstration in Geocaching, where campers had to utilize GPS units to find 2 cache sites. Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a Global Positioning System (GPS) to hide and seek containers with other participants.

Campbell Count Conservation District Technician Kevin Quick and Troy Achterhof with WY Game and Fish taught campers all about “Casting for Food”. This activity taught campers how to cast, fish, and properly care for caught fish. Campers were allowed to practice their casting skills and catch fish.

“How Many Bears?” is what Tim Kellogg, District Conservationist for the NRCS (Campbell County Field office) wanted to know? He gave a presentation how many bears can survive in an area based on the food, shelter and water available to them. This was demonstrated through and activity were kids “gathered food and water” in an area then calculated to see if they were able to gather enough to survive.

Finally, Ryan Mar and Adam Wyant with NRCS had “Target Practice”. They taught youth how the correct way to shoot a bow and arrow, safety while shooting and let the kids do a little “target practice”.

Sponsors for the Black Hills Natural Resource Youth Camp were Weston County Natural Resource Districts, Niobrara, Campbell, and the Powder River Conservation District and the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. The Niobrara Conservation District sponsored the students and provided a bus to cut down on travel expenses, fuel and the carbon footprint. Many thanks go out to all the people who make this camp possible.

For the complete article see the 06-26-2013 issue.

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