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Tue, Mar. 17th, 2009, 07:03 pm
thisamricanlife:

Hello!
My name is Ashley, I'm a 22 year old Girl Scout; and while every summer I try to work at a Scout camp (boy scouts or girl scouts) this year I got hired to a new position; I'll be the camp naturalist! I'm very excited for the job, however I'm looking for some resources for the camp's nature center.

I'm wondering if any of you know of any places I can go, or websites that have posters, teaching tools, booklets, or anything that emphasizes on nature, conservation, endangered species, going "green," or anything like that; that might be giving away resources for free/promotion?
I know, a lot of places would like their stuff bought so they can make money too, and I intend on using some of the camp's small budget for resources, but I'd rather spend the money on things the girls can use and make, than things like posters (if that makes sense to you).

If no, any websites that are good resources for a camp naturalist would be loved too!

Thank you so much for your time, and I'm sorry if you see this more than once, it is cross-posted!

Tue, Mar. 17th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
ragnorokt

Check with your State DNR or such. I know here in Missouri where I live the Department of Conservation makes a great deal of resources available to Teachers and other Youth Service volunteers. Your state may have s similar program.

Tue, Mar. 17th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
thisamricanlife

Thanks for the tip! I was hoping to hit a DNR office this weekend (if not a park or two)!

Wed, Mar. 25th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
subienkow

Hi! A brief intro, I'm subienkow (a name taken from a Jack London story). I was very active in scouting (boy) and am a strong advocate of it. Sadly, i only made it Life (perhaps a story for another time).

As for resources: any Peterson's field guide will work. Plants, birds, fish, they've got most everything covered, and are available for region specific areas. National Geographic certainly has some great info, but its hard to pin down specific articles since the magazine is, quite literally, global. For projects on going "green" - Popular Mechanics. Its a regular feature with them now.

I'd agree with ragnorokt, check with your local DNR, but also the 'local' Army Corps of Engineers (no, they don't drive trains)(sorry, stupid joke)

Good luck and congrats on the new position!