Camp Woods and Wildlife

The Virginia Department of Forestry, in cooperation with other natural resource conservation agencies and organizations, has proudly administered Camp Woods and Wildlife (formerly called Holiday Lake Forestry Camp) for more than 70 years. Camp Woods and Wildlife is an academic, structured, residential camp that focuses on field experiences in forestry and other natural resources. This unique camping experience introduces 13-16-year-olds to the challenges, special skills, and knowledge needed for managing the forest resources we use and enjoy every day.

Camp Woods and Wildlife is ideal for students who:

  • wish to explore forestry and wildlife related careers
  • participate in forestry and wildlife judging teams, Envirothon competitions, or ecology clubs
  • want to experience hands-on learning and gain real-world skills in natural resources conservation

Dates and Location

To ensure the safety of our campers and staff, Camp Woods & Wildlife will return in 2022.

Camp is typically held the third week of June each year, at the Holiday Lake 4-H Education Center, located within the 20,000-acre Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest. This working forest provides a vast outdoor classroom for interactive learning.


Virtual Camp Experience Available

The Virginia Department of Forestry and the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts are partnering to offer teens a new experience: the Virginia Academy of Natural Resources.


Cost

All students selected to attend Camp are awarded a $200 scholarship and pay a nominal $85 registration fee to confirm their attendance and acceptance of the scholarship.

Camp scholarships are funded through contributions from forest business and industry, conservation agencies and associations, and individual sponsors committed to educating tomorrow’s young leaders.

Camp Activities

Classes are taught mainly outdoors, by natural resource professionals.

Courses include:

  • Sustainable Forest Management
  • Forest Ecology
  • Reforestation and Tree Improvement
  • Tree Measurements
  • Environmental Protection
  • Wildlife Management
  • Tree Identification

Other learning experiences may include a field trip to a local sawmill or paper mill; urban forestry demonstrations; exploratory classes in topics such as forest fire equipment and tactics, wilderness survival, canoeing, archery, skeet marksmanship, and woodturning; and presentations by conservation police officers, arson investigators, wildlife researchers, and colleges.

Campers participate in a Lumberjack Field Day with group competition in crosscut sawing, log rolling, and other traditional outdoor skills contests.

Recreation and athletics include swimming and volleyball.

Nomination and Acceptance

Who Is Eligible

Camp Woods and Wildlife is open to boys and girls who

  • are aged 13 to 16 as of the first day of camp
  • are Virginia residents
  • show an interest in natural resources
  • have good academic standing
  • have not attended before

Campers are selected from nominations made by any non-related adult. Examples include teachers, forestry and wildlife professionals, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, 4-H and Scout Leaders, and partner sponsoring organizations.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations for Camp Woods and Wildlife will be open from mid-January to mid-April for the camp taking place in June.
  • Nominators should complete and submit (by email or FAX) a Form 13.5 Camp Woods and Wildlife Nomination.
  • Check back in January each year for Camp registration information.

Mailing Address:
Virginia Department of Forestry
ATTN: Camp Woods & Wildlife
900 Natural Resources Drive, Suite 800
Charlottesville, VA 22903

FAX: 434.296.2369

Once nominated, campers will be asked to complete an interest questionnaire. Those who return the questionnaire will be considered and notified of acceptance beginning in March.


Camp Photo Archives

View our Camp Woods and Wildlife photo collection on our Flickr site.


Additional Resources

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Camp Wood and Wildlife 2019 Camper Slideshow
Camp Wood and Wildlife 2019 Camper Slideshow

PowerPoint presentation of the camper slideshow for 2019 Camp Woods and Wildlife. (Warning – large file)

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Camp Woods & Wildlife Nomination Form
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Camp Woods & Wildlife Nomination Form
Camp Woods & Wildlife Nomination Form13.05

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Camp Woods and Wildlife Annual Report 2019
Camp Woods and Wildlife Annual Report 2019

Report is published each year following camp and provides the highlights of camp, staff, programs, sponsors, budget summary and announcement of dates for the following year’s camp.

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Camp Woods and Wildlife Frequently Asked Questions
Camp Woods and Wildlife Frequently Asked Questions

Information sheet of the most frequently asked questions about Camp Woods and Wildlife.

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Camp Woods and Wildlife Postcard Advertising Camp
Camp Woods and Wildlife Postcard Advertising Camp

Camp Woods and Wildlife is typically held each year, normally in June. Printed copies available.

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Holiday Lake Forestry Camp Annual Report 2015
Holiday Lake Forestry Camp Annual Report 2015

Report is published each year following camp and provides the highlights of camp, staff, programs, sponsors, budget summary and announcement of dates for the following year’s camp.

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Holiday Lake Forestry Camp Annual Report 2016
Holiday Lake Forestry Camp Annual Report 2016

Report is published each year following camp and provides the highlights of camp, staff, programs, sponsors, budget summary and announcement of dates for the following year’s camp.

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Holiday Lake Forestry Camp Annual Report 2017
Holiday Lake Forestry Camp Annual Report 2017

Report is published each year following camp and provides the highlights of camp, staff, programs, sponsors, budget summary and announcement of dates for the following year’s camp.

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Holiday Lake Forestry Camp Annual Report 2018
Holiday Lake Forestry Camp Annual Report 2018

Report is published each year following camp and provides the highlights of camp, staff, programs, sponsors, budget summary and announcement of dates for the following year’s camp.

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Contact Us

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