Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 9AM-5PM M-F

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway
Suite 905, Fairfax, VA 22035

Laura Grape,
Executive Director

Youth Conservation Camp - High School Environmental Opportunities

NVSWCD is pleased to announce that for the summer of 2021 Youth Conservation Camp will be operating virtually as the Virginia Academy of Natural Resources (VANR). This new one-week experiential learning opportunity will focus on forestry, soil, aquatics, and wildlife to teach 9th-12th graders more about the natural world. This partnership between Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) and the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) will be held Monday July 12th through Friday July 16th  and applications are due by April 30th, 2021. More information can be found on the VASWCD website. 

"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

2019 Youth Conservation CampersIf you have any questions regarding Youth Conservation Camp, please contact

For 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 70 interested students for a week of learning about Virginia's natural resources from hands-on experience with conservation professionals and faculty from Virginia Tech. 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 $550 which includes: meals, lodging, activities, and transportation 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

Youth Conservation Camp 2020 has been cancelled. Check back in February 2021 for information and application forms for 2021 Youth Conservation Camp.

YCC Campers 2016

Camp Woods & Wildlife (formerly Holiday Lake Forestry Camp) - VDOF

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) offers their Camp Woods & Wildlife (formerly 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 2020 nominations for attending Holiday Lake Forestry Camp, which will be held June 22-27 , 2020. Deadline for submitting nomination forms: April 10, 2020. Those interested in participating can find more information, along with the nomination form, at

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