Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp Offered for Teens
COLUMBUS, OH – A week of learning and fun awaits teens at the Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). This outdoor learning adventure is scheduled from June 7-12 at FFA Camp Muskingum on beautiful Leesville Lake in Carroll County.
“This unique and popular outdoor learning experience has opened doors for campers that have led them to successful careers in a number of natural resource-related fields,” said Robert Boyles, ODNR deputy director and state forester. “More than 10,000 young people have made lasting friendships while learning important lessons in conservation.”
The Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp is a week-long resident camp with the goal of reaching the next generation of caretakers of Ohio’s valuable natural resources. Programs at this year’s camp include tree identification, ecology, wildlife management, forest management, invasive species, wildlife monitoring, tree climbing and forest industries, along with many other topics.
The camp is sponsored by the Ohio Forestry Association Foundation, a private, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the wise management of Ohio’s forests and natural resources. The camp is supported by the ODNR divisions of Wildlife and Forestry, The Ohio State University (OSU) Extension, county soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) and other private and government organizations with natural resource professionals who teach a variety of subjects.
Campers spend the week making new friends, participating in fun camp activities and learning about the environment around them. Camp culminates with a comprehensive exam, including a tree identification section. The highest scoring students compete for college scholarships to Hocking College, The Ohio State University and Ohio University.
Camp costs $375, with sponsorships available to assist interested students who need help covering the fee. Sponsorships are offered through local SWCD offices, sportsmen’s clubs, forestry groups and many private forestry-sector businesses. Camp is open to youth who have completed the eighth grade. Students should be registered by June 7 to participate.
For more information and registration, please contact the Ohio Forestry Association at 888-38-TREES, or visit the OFA website at ohioforest.org.
The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit forestry.ohiodnr.gov.