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Tennessee Outdoors Youth Summit Makes Return

NASHVILLE — The Ninth Annual Tennessee Outdoors Youth Summit will be held for the second year at the Clyde York 4-H Center near Crossville. The 2018 event is scheduled for July 15-20.

The summit was established for high school students from across Tennessee. During the week, students are introduced to many outdoor activities. It was held at the Montgomery County Shooting Complex near Clarksville before moving to the 4-H Center in 2017.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation are again partnering to host this year’s event. Among the different outdoor activities that the students will have an opportunity to become introduced to include boating, hunting, trapping, archery, photography, marksmanship, plant identification, forestry, camping, water quality, trap shooting, skeet shooting, wildlife identification, and several classes with wildlife and fish biology as topics.

Students will participate in hands-on classes that teach the importance of the natural resources and their management. Instructors will be wildlife and fisheries biologists, wildlife officers, college professors, professional shooting coaches and experts from specific fields of interest. Students can plan on each class they sign up for to be two to four hours in length and will include hands-on application in that subject.

Once students are accepted to the program, they will be able to attend at least 10 classes during the week. During this week, the students will have the opportunity to gain certification in many different programs. Students, who are interested in a career in the natural resources field, will also enjoy the experiences that normally are not learned until they are members of the work force.

The cost to attend the summit is $350 for the week-long experience which includes lodging and meals. Scholarships are available and based on financial need.

Students interested in attending should log on to www.tnwildlife.org and submit an application by May 25. Students wishing to receive a scholarship only need to submit an application form indicating that they want a scholarship. Applications can be downloaded from www.tnwildlife.org or www.twrf.net.

Enrollment is limited to 120 students and if an application is not accepted, refunds will be returned in full. If an application is chosen, the successful applicant will be sent a password and web address to the location of the scheduling packet. Students will select their classes of interest and pay the balance of the cost of the program.

For questions or additional information, contact Lacey Lane at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation at (615) 831-9311, ext. 114, (731) 415-0641 or by email at llane@twrf.net.