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Camp Rocky 2023

Every year the board supports and promotes area youth to attend Camp Rocky.  Bent CD awards Camp Rocky Scholarships in May/June and the camp is held in July.   This year's dates were  July 9-14th 2023.

Campers get to enjoy 5 nights of action packed fun and learning.  Campers are able to choose one of four natural resource groups that they would like to study:  Soil and Water Science, Rangeland Management, Fish and Wildlife Science and Forestry Management.  The camp is located in Divide, CO. 

The district sent one returning individual to Camp Rocky, Blake Elam.  He enjoyed his week learning about conservation and participated in various activities.  He chose range management as he enjoyed it so much the previous year. The camp had over 30 participants from all over the state.  Blake attended the board meeting in August to personally thank the board for the opportunity to attend Camp Rocky.  It opened his eyes to possible careers and lasting friendships.  Please be on the lookout for next years dates and registration.  The district would love to send more kids to this great camp! 

Enjoying the paddle boat on the little pond at camp.


2023 Camp Rocky students and staff


The lone attendee that the district sponsored: Blake Elam

Afternoon Light

2023 Scholarship Program

Each year Bent Conservation District offers two scholarships to area
graduating seniors. The scholarships are to recognize outstanding
student leadership, community service, and to promote higher
education in agriculture related fields of study. All high school seniors
who reside within the Bent Conservation District and plan to pursue a
career in an agriculture related field are eligible and encouraged to apply.


This year we had one graduating senior who met the criteria for
the scholarship. He plans to attend Garden City Community College
to receive his Associate’s Degree in Ag Mechanics through the John
Deere TECH program. This year’s recipient of a scholarship in the
amount of $1,000.00 is Dayton Morlan. Congratulations Dayton!!

Pictured is Dayton Morlan holding his certificate from the Bent Conservation District for being the 2023 scholarship recipient.  

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Dandelion Fields

National Stewardship Week-
April 30th thru May 7th 2023

Bent Conservation District celebrated National Stewardship Week by going to the local elementary school classrooms.   First and second grade students from McClave Elementary and Kindergarten students from Las Animas Elementary schools listened to a couple of stories about seeds turning into plants. The students were then given pots, soil and seeds to plant and watch grow into flowers.  Students were also able to "dig" into a special treat of dirt and worms (chocolate sandwich cookies, chocolate pudding and gummy worms, that is).  

Pictured below: Kindergarten classes from Las Animas Elementary School.  

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Pictured below: 1st and 2nd Grade classes from McClave Elementary School.


 Poster Contest

Each year, we hold a poster contest for area students. The top three posters from each school are awarded money from the Bent Conservation District. 

Congratulations to our Poster winners! 

2022 Poster Contest Theme

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Las Animas Elementary 5th Grade Winners

In order from left to right:

1st Place receiving $50- Jo'Aubrey Fernandez, 2nd Place receiving $30- Kadence Miller, 3rd Place receiving $20- Isabella Nevland

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1st Place Poster

2nd Place Poster

3rd Place Poster

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1st Place Poster

2nd Place Poster

McClave Elementary 5th Grade Winners

In order from left to right:

3rd Place receiving $20-Lacy Jones, 2nd Place receiving $30- Everly Homm, 1st Place receiving $50- Presley Vallejos

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3rd Place Poster

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