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Department of Natural Resource Management

Welcome to the wide world of Natural Resources!

Whether your interests are in bird watching, small or large mammals, endangered species, hunting and sport fishing, plant-animal interactions, the ecology or environmental quality of habitats, or the conservation and management of our water and terrestrial resources, we have a home for you.

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Register by June 29, 2018 for this year's Natural Resources Camp!

Date: July 16-20, 2018

Place: Oak Lake Field Station

What is Natural Resources Camp?

The Natural Resources Camp is a great way to gain exposure to the world of natural resources, including fish, plants, wildlife, soils, invertebrates, and water. The camp offers opportunities to gain hands-on experiences in natural resource ecology and management. The camp is intended for high school students, entering grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, who have a strong desire to learn more about the natural world or who have an interest in pursuing a career related to natural resources. Permission of parent or guardian is required.

Camp activities will be led by faculty and graduate students from the Department of Natural Resource Management from SDSU.  We will also have biologists personnel from natural resource agencies.

Camp Activities

We are still finalizing this year's schedule of activities. In past years, activities have included:

  • Bird of South Dakota
  • Fish Sampling
  • Aquatic Invertebrate Sampling
  • Stream Ecology
  • Prairie Plant Diversity
  • Vegetation Sampling
  • Mammal tracks
  • Soil Health
  • Orienteering
  • Nocturnal Invertebrates
  • Careers in Natural Resources

The final list of activities is subject to change based on weather conditions or other unforeseen issues.  We may also add more activities!

For more information, please visit Natural Resources Camp.

From the Department Head


Our Department's overall mission is to conduct research, educate at all levels, and provide services and outreach that benefit South Dakotans and society as a whole. Our department addresses basic and applied research questions and approaches in: Ecology and Environmental Science, Rangeland Ecology and Management, and Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.

Nature Resource Management students in the outdoor living center

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