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Judy Silverberg, NHFG, 603-271-3211
Andrea Muller, AMC, 603-466-2721
March 29, 2010               

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Exploring tidepools at the coast
2009 Natural Leaders participants explore a seacoast tidepool.

Hiking Mt. Washington
Hiking on Mt. Washington is one of many outdoor adventures the Natural Leaders experience.

2009 Natural Leaders group
2009 Natural Leaders participants take a break near a cascading waterfall.

Apply by June 1, 2010
Calling New Hampshire Teens for N.H. "Natural Leaders" Program – Summer Experience, Year-round Involvement for Youth Interested in the Environment

CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire teens ages 14-17: Are you interested in a career in natural resources?  Want to make a difference in your local environment?  Can you picture yourself hiking, camping, canoeing and getting a chance to try other outdoor activities?  If that sounds like you, consider applying for the N.H. Natural Leaders Program -- a high school leadership development program designed to inspire emerging environmental and community leaders through active engagement in outdoor recreational and educational experiences.

The program begins with an orientation on June 19 and a summer "camp" experience from Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 15, 2010, 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 www.wildnh.com/naturalleaders, and mail in by the June 1, 2010, 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.  Don’t let the fee keep you from applying – full and partial scholarships are available. Ten applicants, ages 14-17, will be selected to participate in this exciting program.

For more information, including an application program schedule, go to: 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 www.nhchildreninnature.com.

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