COLUMBUS – Students who are interested in learning more about the
outdoors in a hands-on environment while spending a week outside are
invited to attend the Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp. The
camp will be held June 11-16, according to the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources (ODNR). The camp is open to all students who have
completed the eighth grade through high school seniors graduating the
year of camp, which is held at FFA Camp Muskingum on beautiful Leesville
Lake in Carroll County.
“This program is ideal for teens who love
the outdoors and want to engage in hands-on learning,” said Robert
Boyles, Ohio’s state forester. “The Ohio Forestry and Wildlife
Conservation Camp is a great opportunity to begin educating the next
generation of caretakers of Ohio’s valuable natural resources.”
at this year’s weeklong resident camp include tree identification,
ecology, forest industries, wildlife management, forest management,
wildlife law enforcement, wildlife identification and watershed health.
New this year will be the opportunity for the students to observe and
learn from a recent timber harvest at the camp.
The camp is
sponsored by the Ohio Forestry Association Foundation, a private,
nonprofit 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, Ohio State University Extension
and the county Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs).
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. Students must register by Friday, June 9, to participate,
and registration is now open.
For more information and to register
for the Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp, contact the Ohio
Forestry Association at 888-38-TREES, or visit the OFA website at
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and
protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the
ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.