The Runnels Soil and Water Conservation District will sponsor up to 3 students for any of the Texas Brigades or Youth Range Workshop. The Texas Brigades are wildlife-focused leadership development programs for high school youth (ages 13-17).

The Runnels Soil and Water Conservation District will sponsor up to 3 students for any of the Texas Brigades or Youth Range Workshop. The Texas Brigades are wildlife-focused leadership development programs for high school youth (ages 13-17). There are six different camps: Bobwhite Brigade, June 2-6 and June 22-26; Buckskin Brigade, June 17-21 and July 22-26; Bass Brigade, July 6-10: Waterfowl Brigade, Ranch Brigade, July 16-20 and the Coastal Brigade, July 17-21. Students will be introduced to habitat management, hone their communication skills, and develop a land ethic. The state's leading wildlife and fisheries biologists and land managers serve as instructors and mentors. Each camp is four-and-a-half days long.

At the Texas Section Society for Range Management Youth Range Workshop, June 17-22, participants gain useful knowledge and skills in the areas of ecology, inventory practice, management and evaluation of resources. Experts from across the state are recruited to teach the participants in fields ranging from watershed management, to prescribed burning, to soil health, and many areas in between.

Through these activities, participants will develop valuable life skills that will help them regardless of their career goals.

Students interested in biology, conservation, leadership, or just appreciate the outdoors, should consider applying to one of the camps.

Runnels SWCD officials say the workshops are valuable tools for youth education and are therefore willing to help sponsor youth to these workshops. If you know of a youth age 13-17 that would be interested in any of these workshops, please contact Runnels SWCD at 2000 Hutchings Ave. in Ballinger or call 325-365-3415 ext. 3.