Our members feel youth education is one of our most important duties.
Texas Youth Range Workshop
Our flagship educational opportunity!
Youth,age 14-18, are eligible to participate in this week-long, hands-on workshop. Participants are exposed to actual land management practices and decisions through field trips to ranches and a wildlife management area. These field trips bring out facts on goals of land ownership and the responses of vegetation to practices conducted for livestock, wildlife, recreation, and rangeland restoration. All examples will be real-life applications.
The camp is headquartered on the Texas Tech University-Junction campus.
Applications will be accepted until 40 participants have been selected.
Bill Wyche, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund Award
The Texas Section of the Society for Range Management (TSSRM) is offering an annual $2,500 college scholarships from the Bill Wyche, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund to deserving high school seniors or current college students who are interested in or are currently pursuing agriculture studies. The application deadline each year is April 30th.
Specific criteria for selection:
- Applicant should have the intent of studying Agriculture as his/her major. Applications will be accepted from high school seniors, college students, and/or college graduate students.
- Applicant must have financial need.
- Applicant must demonstrate academic achievement.
- Applicant must intend to actively pursue a career in agriculture.
- Applicant cannot previously have received the Bill Wyche, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Award.
- Applicant must provide three letters of reference/recommendation (to include impressions about the applicant on topics such as academic achievement, financial need, character, leadership, etc.).
Mail the following required documents to the chairman of the Bill Wyche, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee: (1) typed application, (2) three letters of reference/recommendation, and (3) your certified high school or college transcript.
Cynthia Wyche Stroman, Chairperson
Bill Wyche, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 693
Sweetwater, TX 79556
SRM’s Masonic Range Science Scholarship
The Society for Range Management (SRM) Masonic-Range Science Scholarshipoffers financial assistance and recognition to a high school senior, college freshman or college sophomore planning to major in/presently majoring in range science and/or closely related field. The recipient of the scholarship must be planning to attend or be currently in attendance at a college or university with a range science program.
Applicants must be sponsored by a member of the Society for Range Management (SRM), the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), or the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). The SRM Masonic Range Science Scholarship Committee will select the recipient(s) and announce their selection at the SRM Annual Meeting held in February each year.
- Scholarship is open to high school seniors, college freshman and/or sophomores
- Completed application must be submitted by January 8th.
SRM’s High School Youth Forum
One of the goals of members at the section level is to recognize high school students that have demonstrated a real interest in range and other related natural resource areas. These youth have perhaps shown their interest in related activities at a range or natural resources camp, in 4-H, or FFA. Once interest is observed, these youth then can be considered to serve as delegates to the HSYF, representing their respective SRM Sections.
With this in mind, the goals of the HSYF are:
- provide insight for these students concerning the function and workings of the Society
- provide opportunities to meet Society members
- provide a format that encourages thinking and enhancement of communicative skills
- provide an opportunity to learn about range management and future careers through interaction with Society professionals
- provide an opportunity to learn about the ecology and natural resources of the Annual Meeting site
- provide an atmosphere that fosters camaraderie, friendship, and lasting relationships
To achieve these goals, various activities are conducted which include an orientation session, an ecological field trip, a professional interaction dinner, a business meeting, a student luncheon, a conflict resolution workshop, and the popular Forum Paper Presentation session.
High Plains Range Camp
Sponsored by our neighbors to the north, the Oklahoma Section, the High Plains Range Camp is open to students from Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The Camp is based out of Kenton OK.
Students will explore the rangelands of the five-state area, and will have the opportunity to learn more about range and wildlife management, conservation planning, plant identification, conflict resolution and leadership development. Integrated into each subject will be how to use new technology.
Students are taught by members of the five-state area of the Society for Range Management along with personnel from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, and Conservation
The Texas Brigades are a wildlife-focused leadership development program for high school youth (ages 13-17). There are multiple different camps to sharpen your wildlife habitat management, communication and other life skills. The camps are:
- Bobwhite Brigade (bobwhite quail; South Texas & Rolling Plains)
- Buckskin Brigade (white-tailed deer; South Texas & North Texas)
- Bass Brigade (all bass species)
- Ranch Brigade
- Waterfowl Brigade (all waterfowl species)