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The Natural Resources Career Workshop in Eagle River helps students explore career opportunities within the fieldSubmitted: 06/17/2018
Story By Phylicia Ashley

The Natural Resources Career Workshop in Eagle River helps students explore career opportunities within the field
EAGLE RIVER - A week long workshop in Eagle River shows students they're not alone in their passion for nature. Kids from all over the Midwest arrived at the Trees for Tomorrow campsite for the first day of The Natural Resources Career Workshop.

Out of towners visit the Northwoods to escape noise, and enjoy some peace and quiet. 

"I just like being out in nature instead of one of those people playing video games constantly," said 16-year-old Austin Shimeck.

The Natural Resources Career Workshop turned the benefits of visiting the Northwoods into a classroom. 

"Giving them the experience that some of these students may not have had," said Trees for Tomorrow Coordinator Vernon Gentele. 
 
High school students from all over the mid-west came to the camp to explore the unique environment. 


"They're here with people with similar interests and being able to see they're not the only one's going into this field," said Gentele. 

"It' just a lot more real than class room stuff. [In the classroom} there's not a lot of correlation to real life," said 17-year-old Cameron Kadlubowski. 

During the week long camp, students will learn real life lessons taught by many groups. 

"In natural resources it seems like people think it is just the DNR," said Gentele. 

Students will hear from the DNR, water quality departments and foresters.

"With this program they get to see that more falls under the umbrella of natural resources." said Gentele. 

Gentele looks forward to passing down his knowledge to students who could possibly fill his shoes one day. 

"Giving them the kind of ahh ha moment," said Gentele. 

The camp started Sunday and ends Friday. The goal of the camp is to give students a hands on experience, while showing them everything that falls under the umbrella of natural resources. 


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