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Sunday, July 20, 2014 through Saturday, July 26, 2014

APPLY for NRCC 2014!

Join high school students from across Maryland at this week-long camp in Garrett County to explore careers and college studies in natural resources. This partnership with Allegany College of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources-Forest Service offers high school students a co-educational opportunity to learn from industry professionals and develop contacts that could lead to future employment and a career in natural resources.

NRCC 2013 pic Climbing

  • Focus on hands-on classroom and field activities in forestry, wildlife, ecology, fisheries, watershed management, natural resources management and conservation.
  • Talk with natural resource professionals throughout the week and learn about college programs offered in their respective fields.
  • Use GIS, GPS, computer simulation, and other field tools related to careers in natural resources.
  • Stay in rustic cabins in the scenic mountains of Garrett County.
  • High school students who reach age 16 before the end of NRCC week may choose to earn two college credits (fees required) from Allegany College of Maryland. To be eligible, students must complete a short exam, and present a team management plan. The two college credits will transfer to most community colleges in Maryland and several four year colleges and universities.
  • Become eligible for college scholarships designated for forestry, arboriculture, urban forestry and natural resources.

The $450 NRCC Registration/Tuition Fee includes lodging and meals for the entire week. A $100 Student Activity Fee covers all materials for the week. Many of the 24 Maryland Forestry Boards offer generous tuition assistance. Find contact info for all county Maryland Forestry Boards at www.marylandforestryboards.org/chairs.cfm.

How to Apply

Registration begins December 1, 2013. Space is limited to 42 NRCC students. Applicants will be interviewed and approved on a first-come basis. In addition, students from bordering states (DC, DE, PA, VA, WV) are welcome to apply and will be interviewed by the nearest local Forestry Board.

  1. Determine that you are available to attend NRCC at the Hickory Environmental Education Center in Accident, Maryland the entire week, July 20-26.
  2. Complete your online application, print out a copy for mailing the signature pages.
  3. Have 2 Letters of Reference sent in by either a teacher, counselor, club adviser or other adult who is not a family member. The Letters of Reference should be emailed to: srsparks@verizon.net.
  4. Prepare for a brief interview with representatives of your local Forestry Board. Each Board selects its applicants and arranges individually for payment of the NRCC Registration/Tuition Fee and possibly the Student Activity Fee (total $550). Payments may be sent to:
    Maryland Forestry Boards Foundation
    124 South Street #3
    Annapolis, MD 21401
  5. Confirm your transportation plans to and from Hickory Environmental Education Center, 604 Pride Parkway, Accident, MD 21520 (located behind Northern Garrett High School), arriving on Sunday, July 20 by 3 PM and leaving on Saturday, July 26, by 1 PM.
  6. You will be notified of final acceptance by your local forestry board. NRCC Program Director, Gabrielle Oldham, will follow-up with all necessary information for you to have a successful week at NRCC.

  7. APPLY for NRCC 2014!

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