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Natural Resources Camp

2022 Natural Resources Camp

July 18–22, 2022

Department of Natural Resource Management, South Dakota State University
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.

Possible Activities

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

  • Bird Banding
  • Lake Ecology
  • Pollinator Diversity
  • Camera Trapping
  • Dart Gun Shooting
  • Archery
  • Radio Telemetry
  • Small Mammal Trapping
  • Reptile Trapping & Ecology
  • 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! Check in will be early-afternoon on Monday and check out will be before noon on Friday.

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 repellent, rain gear, jacket, pencils, a notebook and snacks. View the Camp packing list.

Camp Registration

The registration fee ($300) includes meals, housing and a camp t-shirt. Gatorade and water will also be provided. Space is limited to 20 males and 20 females and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please complete the following online registration form and your registration will be confirmed using the email address provided in the form. Please register by Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Once your registration is confirmed, please send a non-refundable $75 pre-registration fee to the address below, which will be deducted from your total registration fee. The remaining portion of your registration will be due a week prior to the camp (July 11, 2022).

++Online registration form has closed.++

Checks payable to NRM SDSU
Natural Resource Management, SDSU
Attn: NR Camp Coordinator
Box 2140B
Brookings, SD 57007

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 Resources Camp is held at SDSU 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. 


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