MSU event will help girls discover outdoor careers


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Posted: 1/20/2012


Young women interested in wildlife, fisheries and natural science careers can apply for the second annual discovery day to be held at Mississippi State University.

The Conservation Careers Discovery Day will begin at 4 p.m. March 30 and conclude at 6 p.m. March 31. Participants will learn outdoor skills such as GPS orienteering, canoeing, and plant and wildlife identification. This year, a camp-out and campfire chat with experienced professionals and scientists have been added.

Participation is free for students in grades 9-12, but applications are required. Interested female students are asked to write a 200-word paragraph about why they want to attend. Send the paragraph to: Discovery Day, attn: Leslie Burger, Box 9690, Mississippi State, MS 39762 or e-mail it to With the application, include name, school, grade, T-shirt size and contact information, including e-mail address. The deadline to apply is March 15. Limited travel scholarships are available based on need.

The event is hosted and staffed by the Mississippi Women in Natural Resources, an organization of female professionals working in natural science fields. The discovery day is sponsored by the MSU Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, the MSU Extension Service, and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

For more information, contact Burger at (662) 325-6686.

Wildlife and Fisheries