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Tom Lord, Kimball Union Academy, 603-469-2071     
Judy Silverberg, N.H. Fish and Game, 603-271-3211            
June 25, 2009

NH Natural Leaders Program -- Two-week Youth Environmental Camp (July 19-August 1) -- Now Just $500 for N.H. Residents

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire teens with an interest in the environment have an unusual opportunity this summer - a chance to work with scientists, see what a career in natural resources would be like, and hike and camp in New Hampshire's great outdoors. Thanks to generous benefactors, the cost of the NH Natural Leaders Program, an environmental leadership program that includes a two-week residential camp this summer, is now just $500 (including room and board) for New Hampshire resident youth between the ages of 13-17. The summer camp, based out of Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H., runs July 19 - August 1, 2009.

To apply, print and complete the application found at www.wildnh.com/ChildrenInNature/Natural_Leaders_app_09.pdf and return with your payment by July 10, 2009.  Mail to:

E.E. Just Environmental Leadership Institute: NH Natural Leaders Program
Kimball Union Academy
PO Box 188
Meriden, NH 03770

All New Hampshire resident youth who attend will receive the discounted price of $500. (For youth who are not New Hampshire residents, the session costs $2,200.)  For more information, call 603-469-2000 and ask for Tom Lord; email summer@kua.org; or download a program itinerary at www.wildnh.com/ChildrenInNature/Natural_Leaders_itinerary_09.pdf.

Who should sign up?  This program is for you if you're a teen age 13-17 who cares about the environment, forests and wildlife, and enjoys getting outside to canoe, hike and camp. You're going to have fun and gain experiences and knowledge that could open the door to your becoming one of New Hampshire's future environmental leaders.

During the summer camp, participants will work directly with scientists and other environmental professionals around the state -- at the weather observatory atop Mount Washington, the Hubbard Brook Experimental Station in the White Mountains, the Harris Center for Conservation Education in the heart of the Monadnock Region, and the Great Bay Discovery Center - the conservation education arm of the National Estuarine Research Reserve. You'll hike, canoe and camp as you explore the state's conservation community and increase your knowledge of New Hampshire's natural resources.

The summer session is just the beginning -- the N.H. Natural Leaders program will offer a variety of recreational and educational opportunities you can take part in throughout the coming school year. Participants will be encouraged to identify and work on a capstone project in their own community around an environmental and conservation theme.  You'll learn a lot and earn a great credential for college applications!

"One of the early experiences I had that put me on a path to becoming an environmental leader was attending a youth conservation camp," said Tom Burack, Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.  "That intensive program helped inspire me to choose a career in the environment.  We have high hopes that the NH Natural Leaders program will inspire youth of today to see themselves as lifetime stewards of the environment and to learn important community leadership skills."

The N.H. Natural Leaders program is sponsored by the NH Children and Nature Coalition and Kimball Union Academy's EE Just Environmental Leadership Institute (www.kua.org). The Natural Leaders program is committed to equal opportunity for all youth.

The NH Children in Nature Coalition, part of a national Children and Nature Network, has membership including more than fifty New Hampshire organizations and hundreds of individuals in fields ranging from health and medicine, education, recreation, conservation and business.  Partners include the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, UNH Cooperative Extension, the Appalachian Mountain Club, The Harris Center for conservation Education, New Hampshire Student Conservation Association, Healthy NH Foundation, New Hampshire Audubon and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.  Visit www.nhchildreninnature.com.

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