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NH Natural Leaders applications due May 15

From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

-- Teens from 14 to 17 interested in a career in natural resources are invited to apply for the N.H. Natural Leaders Program, a high school leadership development program designed to inspire emerging environmental and community leaders.

The program begins with an orientation June 19 and a summer camp experience  Aug. 6 to 15 where participants get a chance to work with natural resource professionals while exploring some of New Hampshire's diverse landscapes. Activities will be led by the Appalachian Mountain Club Teen Wilderness Leaders, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, N.H. Lakes Association, UNH Cooperative Extension and the N.H Student Conservation Association.

To apply, download an application and reference form at http://www.wildnh.com/naturalleaders, and mail by the May 15 deadline.

During the program, teens will work with other students from around the state to

1.  Explore New Hampshire ecosystems, from the White Mountains to the seacoast, while camping, hiking and canoeing with natural resources professionals. You'll work with naturalists on plant and animal identification, curbing invasive species, doing trail work, monitoring fish and sampling water quality.

2.  Experience leadership skills training, including exciting group challenge activities, planning community service projects, fine-tuning your presentation skills and more.

3.  Get a hands-on look at sustainable farming, wildlife management and forestry operations.

4.  Take on a community project that continues through the year to make a difference in your local environment; plus get together with fellow "natural leaders" during the year.

The cost for the year-round program, including the ten-day overnight summer camp, is $1,500, and full and partial scholarships are available. Ten applicants ages 14-17 will be selected to participate in the program.

For more information, including an application program schedule, go to: http://www.wildnh.com/naturalleaders. The application deadline is May 15, 2010.

The New Hampshire Natural Leaders program is a project of the New Hampshire Children in Nature Coalition (NHCiNC) and the national Children and Nature Network and seeks to expand opportunities for our youth to participate in outdoor, nature-based activities that are environmentally friendly, creative and involve physical activity.

The coalition has membership of over 50 New Hampshire organizations and hundreds of individuals. Partners include the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, UNH Cooperative Extension, Appalachian Mountain Club, The Harris Center for Conservation Education, New Hampshire Student Conservation Association, New Hampshire Audubon, Healthy New Hampshire Foundation and the N.H. Department of Environmental Services. Visit http://www.nhchildreninnature.com.

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