If you are 13-17 and are interested in wildlife and or the outdoors, you may be interested in the Texas Brigades, a wildlife education and leadership development program. Applications may be submitted on line until April 1. The website address is www.texasbrigades.org.

In its 19th summer, the Texas Brigades are co-ed programs for youth with a passion for learning about the value of our state’s wildlife and natural resources.

Dates and locations:

•12th Battalion South Texas Buckskin Brigade – Carrizo Springs, June 5-9

•19th Battalion Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade – Coleman, June 18-22

•14th Battalion South Texas Bobwhite Brigade – Campbellton, June 26-30

•6th Battalion Bass Brigade - Santa Anna, July 11-15

•10th Battalion North Texas Buckskin Brigade – Albany, July 17-21

The camps are a partnership effort of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Wildlife Association, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, several universities, conservation groups, local soil and water conservation districts, private businesses and individuals with an interest in wildlife and youth leadership development. Tuition is $400 per cadet per camp, but financial assistance is available.

For more information, contact Holdsworth at hholdsworth@texas-wildlife.org or Kassi Scheffer at kscheffer@texas-wildlife.org or you may call 800-TEX-WILD or 210-826-2904.