Range Camp

The 2019 Range and Natural Resources Camp, sponsored by the California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) and the University of California Cooperative Extension, will be held at the Elkus Youth Ranch near Half Moon Bay, California.  The camp will begin with registration on Sunday, June 16th at 1 pm and end on Friday, June 21st by 11 am.  Want to know what grows at Elkus Ranch?  Click this link for the CalFlora webpage!

Range Camp is designed to offer an appreciation of the extent, importance, and value of California’s rangelands and natural resources. Range Camp fosters an appreciation for several fields of applied science and management through interaction with university faculty and experienced professionals in classroom and field activities.

Topics and sessions include plant identification, livestock production, wildlife management, forestry, fire ecology, geology, soils, water resources, rangeland ecosystems, and technologies used in natural resource science and management.  Sessions by specialists are given every morning and afternoon, and include both indoor lectures and outdoor activities.  Students are tested at the end of the week on their understanding of the materials presented.
At the end of camp the three Top Campers are invited to represent CalPac SRM at the annual Society for Range Management’s High School Youth Forum. During camp campers should expect to do hands on projects each day associated with lectures that often includes digging a soils pit to examine and compare soils, hiking local trails to learn plant families and names, completing an inventory of a local stream to determine creek health, learning wildlife survey techniques, etc.
Below you'll find documents showing what this year's camp is all about:

AGE REQUIREMENT: To be considered for Range Camp the applicant must be a high school student and have completed the 9th grade by the start of camp (June 16, 2019). Graduating seniors will not be eligible to attend the High School Youth Forum, in the event they win the Top Camper contest. Priority is given to applicants from California and Hawaii.