HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) Bruce Ross was once a field coordinator for the Michigan DNR downstate.
Since then, he's left the profession to reach out to the urban youth.
"I remember when I started in college I was the only African American in my class," said Ross. "There's a real shortage of people actually going into natural resources."
Ross and other organizers are trying to increase minority representation in natural resources.
Michigan Tech organizations helped raise $12,000 for these students to travel and stay in the U.P.
"I think this is a golden opportunity for these young people to see another part of the state," Ross mentioned.
However, not any student can take part in this pre-college outreach program, as each student wrote an essay and received 2 letters of recommendations.
"I enjoy going outdoors and doing stuff that involves bugs and animals and nature overall so I thought this would be a perfect camp for me," said student Tyler Forves.
All week, they've been learning various types of environmental sciences at Michigan Tech.
Today, students put on their wet boots and took to the stream where they collected micro organisms and data.
"We caught three fish so I mean it was amazing," said student Davaughn Smith. "I haven't really done something like that in a really long time since I was little."
It's no guarantee that students will pursue natural resources, but they say this experience has taught them a valuable lesson.
"Failure is not an option and if you don't like one thing then do another," added Forves. "Anything can happen and just proceed to exceed."