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Natural Resource Camp

2017 Natural Resource Camp

July 10–14, 2017

Department of Natural Resource Management, South Dakota State University
Oak Lake Field Station

What is Natural Resource Camp?

The Natural Resource 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 from the Department of Natural Resource Management from SDSU.  We will also have biologists and law enforcement personnel from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a Rangeland Management Specialist from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Camp Activities

  • Bird Capture
  • Fish Sampling
  • Aquatic Invertebrate Sampling
  • Stream Ecology
  • Prairie Plant Diversity
  • Prairie Restoration
  • Duck Identification
  • Search and Rescue Tracking
  • 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!  A schedule will be provided prior to the start of camp.

What should I bring?

Camp attendees must bring comfortable shoes, and/or boots. If you have muck boots or waders, bring those too!  When spending the day outdoors, it is best to bring a backpack with field supplies and essential personal items, such as water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellant, rain gear, jacket, pencils, a notebook, and snacks. View the 2017 packing list.

Camp Registration

The registration fee ($275) includes meals, housing, and a camp t-shirt. Gatorade and water will also be provided. Space is limited to 25 males and 25 females and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please complete this registration form and deposit by May 26, 2017. We are still working on finalizing the camp schedule. Check in will be in the early- to mid-afternoon on Monday, July 10th and check out in the mid-afternoon on Friday, July 14th. A detailed schedule will be provided by the registration deadline.

Prohibited Items

Guns (including pellet and bb guns), weapons, pets, drugs, alcohol, and fireworks. Clothing, apparel, bags, etc. that advertise or display alcohol, drugs or mature images.

Where is the camp?

Natural Resource Camp is held at NRM’s Oak Lake Field Station.  It is located 22 miles northeast of the SDSU Campus in Brookings County, South Dakota.  The field station bunkhouse consists of two large bunk rooms (male and female quarters) and a central commons area.  The field station also has a shower house, outdoor and indoor sinks, flush toilets and outhouses, and a dining hall. 


Please contact: Leslie Vincent, Instructor and Camp Coordinator,