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This past summer, I attended a camp like none other I had ever attended – the South Texas Buckskin Brigade – an experience that not only deepened my understanding of whitetail deer but also sparked a passion for wildlife conservation. As we approach a new summer, the call for teens to become advocates for Texas wildlife conservation has never been more crucial.

South Texas Buckskin Brigade, one of the ten summer camps facilitated by Texas Brigades, provides a way for teens like myself to connect with nature and learn about the role we play in preserving our state’s ecosystems. Through hands-on activities and informative workshops, I gained insights into the world of whitetail deer and discovered the need of conservation efforts to protect our wildlife.

As we look ahead to the upcoming summer, Texas Brigades, a Texas-based 501(c)3 nonprofit, is offering a series of camps that delve into various aspects of wildlife and natural resource conservation for teens aged 13-17 interested in learning more. From bobwhite quail to coastal (saltwater) ecosystems, bass fisheries, waterfowl habitats, and ranching, these camps provide a diverse range of opportunities for teens to broaden their understanding of Texas’s unique wildlife and ecosystems.

There are several camps offered each summer, not just focusing on white tailed deer, with each one focusing on a different native animal or habitat that is important in its own way. From bobwhite quail and water fowl to bass and saltwater (coastal) fish, and even ranching – Texas Brigades offers camps to fit the interest of any teen looking to learn about conservation. Each camp offers a unique perspective, featuring hands-on experiences and in-depth learning activities to create an understanding of the challenges and opportunities in wildlife conservation.

Teens eager to be part of this conservation movement can apply for these camps until March 15th. The application process is simple and accessible, hosted online at www.texasbrigades.org/applications. This is not just an opportunity to expand knowledge but a chance to actively participate in the conservation efforts that will shape the future of Texas’s natural heritage.

In conclusion, the importance of teens advocating for wildlife conservation in Texas cannot be overstated. My experience at South Texas Buckskin Brigade opened my eyes to the urgency of preserving our state’s rich biodiversity. As we unite to face the challenges ahead, Texas Brigades empowers teens to become stewards of our natural resources. Together, we can take on the  responsibility to safeguard Texas’s wildlife for generations to come. For more information about Texas Brigades, please visit www.texasbrigades.org or email [email protected]

Lela Siegel






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