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Judy Silverberg, NHFG, 603-271-3211
Andrea Muller, AMC, 603-466-2721
May 7, 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.

Deadline Extended for Teens to Apply for N.H. "Natural Leaders" Summer Program: Postmark by June 1, 2010

CONCORD, N.H. – The deadline is fast approaching to sign up for a 10-day summer camp for teens ages 14-17 who are interested in the environment. Called the N.H. Natural Leaders Program, this experience starts with a two-week overnight summer session that combines the fun of hiking, camping and canoeing with an unusual chance to work with natural resource professionals in natural settings ranging from the summit of Mt. Washington to the rocky Atlantic shore.  Apply right away -- space is limited to 10 participants.  As part of the program, the teens will come up with an environmental project that they will work on in their local communitythrough the coming year.

To apply, download an application and reference form at www.wildnh.com/naturalleaders, and mail in postmarked by June 1, 2010.

The cost for the N.H. Natural Leaders high school leadership development program, including the ten-day overnight summer camp and follow-up activities through the coming year, is $1,500.  Some full and partial scholarships are available.

The program begins with an orientation on June 19 and a summer session from Friday, August 6, through Sunday, August 15, 2010, in which the teens will hike, canoe and camp in New Hampshire's diverse landscapes while working with biologists, foresters and other environmental professionals. 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 New Hampshire Student Conservation Association.

In addition to field experiences with natural resource professionals, participating youth will get leadership skills training and learn about sustainable farming, wildlife management and forestry.  The teens will be challenged to devise a community project that continues through the year to make a difference in their own local environment.  Throughout the year ahead, they will work on these projects and have opportunities to network with their fellow "Natural Leaders."

The New Hampshire Natural Leaders program is a project of the New Hampshire Children in Nature Coalition and the national Children and Nature Network. 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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