Camp Rocky staff, composed of natural resource professionals from around the state, help participants learn about their environment, while working in teams and making new friends.
Camp Rocky is a week-long, residential camp near Divide, Colo., for those who have finished 8th grade and are under 20 years of age. The camp occurs each July and is intended for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and is interested in natural resources.
Camp Rocky staff, composed of resource professionals from around the state, help participants learn about their environment, while working in teams and making new friends.
Camp Rocky Outdoor Environmental Adventures for Youth
For more information and to register for camp, please visit the Camp Rocky website.
Camp Rocky Resource Fields
Each year, new and returning teens choose one of the following resource fields for their focus area during the first half of the week.
New in 2010 - Recreation Management
The recreation management team learns about the importance of managing natural areas for human recreation. The team also will learn about trail construction and maintenance, assess campsite use, practice orienteering, create interpretive signs and discuss the importance of Leave No Trace.
Fish & Wildlife Management
The wildlife biology team tracks a radio-collared animal, goes electro-fishing (a "shocking" experience), learns how Colorado wildlife adapt to their surroundings and completes a habitat enhancement project.
The forestry team learns about different forest types, how to determine the overall health of the forest, how to find a tree's age without cutting it down, why trees can be "dangerous" and how fire can be "good" for forest health and safety.
The rangeland science team learns about rangeland "fitness" and the forage it provides. The team also will study how rangelands provide food for animals, habitat for wildlife, open space with natural beauty for humans to enjoy and clean water for drinking and recreation.
Soil & Water Conservation
This team learns about two primary components of nature-soil and water. They will "create" a river and learn how many different types of soil affect plants, wildlife, water and humans.
During the second half of the week, students from these different resource teams work in new, integrated management teams to develop and present natural resource management plans.
Participants also explore, discuss and use critical thinking and problem-solving techniques to find solutions to various controversial environmental issues.
Additional activities include volleyball games, hiking, a campfire, the Camp Rocky Challenge and a dance.
At the close of camp, students will receive a Camp Rocky Certificate of Completion.