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Natural Resources Camp

2018 Natural Resources Camp

July 16–20, 2018

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.

Camp Activities

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

  • 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!

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 Camp packing list.

Camp Registration

We are still finalizing our fees for this year's camp. But the registration fee 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(coming soon) and deposit by May 15, 2018. We are still working on finalizing the camp schedule. Check in will be in the late-morning to early-afternoon on Monday, July 16th 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 Resources 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 or Eric Michel or