Youth Conservation Camp - High School Environmental Opportunities


"It is hard to believe that we explored such an amazing spectrum of conservation topics in just one week. Each day was filled with activities. It was so wonderful to be with campers, counselors, and scientists who shared an interest in environmental sciences. Every day was an awesome learning experience for me and a fun one at that!"

Amanda Harbison, Past Youth Conservation Camper

Youth Conservation Campers Gina and RachelFor over 35 years, the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts has sponsored a week long summer conservation camp in July for Virginia high school students on the campus of Virginia Tech. The program brings together about 70 interested students for a week of learning about Virginia's natural resources from conservation professionals and faculty from Virginia Tech. Most of the instruction is hands-on and outdoors. Youth Conservation Camp is a selective program and interested students must send their application to their local Soil and Water Conservation District.

Each year, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District receives applications, makes selections and offers a partial scholarship to students who will attend Youth Conservation Camp. The total cost of camp is usually around $550, including meals, lodging, activities, and transport during camp. Students are responsible for obtaining their own means of transportation to and from Virginia Tech from their homes.

Youth Conservation Camp is a wonderful experience that has brought enjoyment and environmental education to generations of students. For a camp schedule and highlights, please see the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts' camp website at http://www.vaswcd.org/youthcamp.htm.

We are now accepting applications for Youth Conservation Camp, which will be held from July 9-15, 2017. NVSWCD Application Deadline: May 1, 2017. We encourage you to download an application form and mail it to:

Youth Conservation Camp, c/o Northern VA Soil and Water Conservation District,
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 905, Fairfax, Virginia 22035.

You may also submit by email with "Youth Conservation Camp Application" in the subject line. We look forward to receiving your application!

YCC Campers 2016

2017 Holiday Lake Forestry Camp - VDOF

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) offers their Holiday Lake Forestry Camp as another environmental opportunity for youth this summer. The six-day residential camp takes place at the Holiday Lake 4-H Education Center, where campers experience hands-on field-based learning about natural resources conservation and other environmental fields. Students interested in participating in this year's camp program must be nominated by any adult who knows them well and is not related to them. Camp nominees must also meet the following criteria:

  • Are 13-16 years old
  • Are current Virginia residents
  • Express interest in natural resources and conservation
  • Have good academic standing
  • Have not previously attended the program

Following acceptance and registration fee payment, all campers receive a scholarship that covers the cost of attending camp. VDOF is currently accepting 2017 nominations for attending Holiday Lake Forestry Camp, which will be held June 19-24, 2017. Deadline for submitting nomination forms: April 7. Those interested in participating can find more information, along with the nomination form, at http://www.dof.virginia.gov/forestry/camp/index.htm.


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