2023 Natural Resources Camp
Date: July 17–21, 2023
Location: SDSU Oak Lake Field Station
Registration Due: Wednesday, May 31, 2023
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 SDSU Department of Natural Resource Management faculty and graduate students. We will also have biologists personnel from natural resource agencies.
We are still finalizing this year's schedule of activities. In past years, activities have included:
- Bird Identification
- Lake Ecology
- Pollinator Diversity
- Camera Trapping
- 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.
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 near Astoria in Brookings County, South Dakota. The field station bunkhouse consists of two large bunk rooms (female and male 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. Oak Lake Field Station staff will be on-site at all times to supervise student activities.
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.
Guns (including pellet and bb guns), weapons, pets, drugs, alcohol and fireworks as well as clothing, apparel, bags, etc. that advertise or display alcohol, drugs or mature images.
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 by Wednesday, May 31, 2023. There are 2 options for payment when registering;
- Non-refundable $75 pre-registration fee, or
- Full registration fee of $300
Online payments must be made at the time of registration. If you pay by check, we recommend sending either the pre-registration fee or the full amount as soon as possible as we cannot guarantee we can hold a spot without payment. The remaining balance will be due 2 weeks prior to the start date of camp (July 3, 2023).
Checks payable to NR Camp
SDSU Natural Resource Management
Attn: NR Camp Coordinator
Brookings, SD 57007