Counting bugs and building teamwork equal fun at youth camp in Ephraim Canyon

Published: Friday, July 12 2013 5:50 p.m. MDT

Multiple agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Geological Survey come together to provide the experts for the hands-on learning experience.

"Natural resources jobs really don't interest kids anymore," Hellstrom said. "With technology being what it is, being outdoors, going hiking, getting outside is not something every kid wants to do anymore. It is really rewarding when you do find that kid who discovers they like counting bugs or they're excited about trees."

The camp definitely made an impression on many of the students.

Hannah Bennett from Stansbury Park said she had planned on being a teacher, but now she is sure she wants to teach subjects like chemistry or hydrology — based on what she has learned over the last several days.

For Itzel Mora of Logan, the experience opened up a brand new world.

"I loved learning new things," she said. "I've never been interested in nature before, but I loved realizing what is out there."

And that, Hellstrom said, means Nature High Summer Camp did what it set out to do.

Next year's camp is scheduled for July 14-19. More information is available at

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