Native American middle- and high-school students soon will make their way to the NAU campus for a four-day academic camp to explore environmental issues, improve their technological skills and build mentoring relationships with college student assistant instructors.

The Summer Scholars program, part of the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Environmental Education Outreach Program, runs June 23-26 with a theme of “Creating Sustainability in Schools.”

Students will work on energy, water, building and transportation task forces, looking at the current costs of lighting, transportation, heating and cooling, and building maintenance costs.

Through hands-on experimentation, field trips and guest lectures, students will be challenged to find sustainable approaches that result in cost savings while protecting the environment.

There is no cost for students to attend, and teachers who complete the program will receive a $700 stipend.

Funding is provided by Science Foundation Arizona, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation.

For information or to register, contact Mansel Nelson at (928) 523-1275 or mansel.nelson@nau.edu.