Natural Resources Career Camp

Every summer the board sends at least two high school aged kids to the Natural Resources Careers Camp (NRCC). This camp goal is to educate kids who like the outdoors about all the different opportunities that are available in Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The Frederick County Forest Conservancy District Board is now accepting applications to the 2018 Natural Resources Careers Camp, July 19-25, 2020 at Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County Maryland. High school students with an interest in forestry, fisheries, wildlife or parks management are invited to join other teens in a weeklong camp learning from Department of Natural Resources experts. The weeklong camp is open to students who will be entering grades 9 through 12 next year.

Every year the members of the Education Committee of the Maryland Association of Forestry Boards start the task of planning, organizing, recruiting, and fund raising for the Natural Resources Careers Camp (NRCC). It is an arduous task that involves the 24 Maryland Forestry Boards and that takes over half the year culminating in a successful program held the last full week in July at the Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County, Maryland. Why do a bunch of volunteers endure this difficult effort year after year?

The answer is simple and straightforward. Year after year, the high school students who attend the conference tell us it is a great experience. And some of those kids, inspired by a conference speaker, counselor, educator, or experience, decide to continue on in a natural resources career. Occasionally we have younger siblings participate in NRCC because the parents remember us from previous years.

Join high school students from across Maryland at this week-long camp in Garrett County to explore careers and college studies in natural resources.

Applications and more information is available through the Maryland Forest Conservancy District Boards. Space is limited, so apply as soon as possible. Funding assistance for Maryland students is available.

Anyone in Frederick County should call Dakota Durcho at 301-473-8417, or email him at

Read about past NRCC campers experience.

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