Students who have completed the ninth grade are eligible to participate in the camp sponsored by the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society and the Welder Wildlife Foundation near Sinton.
Campers will experience hands-on activities led by wildlife professionals which include wildlife and plant identification, hunting as a management tool, species diversity, conservation ethics, wildlife capture and survey techniques, wildlife tracking, predator-prey dynamics, white-tailed deer management, fishing, hunter safety, shooting skills, and much more. The week-long camp is especially recommended for high school students who are considering a career in wildlife management or the natural sciences.
The camp will be held on the 7,800-acre Welder Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is privately owned and operated and the staff is primarily involved in education and research efforts. Students will take advantage of on-site lodging in the modern, air-conditioned “bunkhouse” and meals will be served in the nearby screened-in rotunda.
A limited number of openings for students to participate in the 2010 camp are still available, according to Dr. Selma Glasscock, assistant director of the refuge. She encourages students to contact Mandy Corso, conservation educator at Welder, for details. Corso can be contacted by calling 361-364-2643 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.