A variety of opportunities are available for youth interested in exploring forestry and natural resources.
Camp Woods and Wildlife
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.
Youth Conservation Camp
Youth Conservation Camp is a weeklong experience at Virginia Tech for high school students, sponsored by Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Envirothon is a natural resources competition for high school student teams, sponsored by Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
FFA Forestry Program
FFA Forestry Program is a team competition for high school students to demonstrate skills and knowledge in forestry-related topics, sponsored by Virginia Future Farmers of America Organization.
4-H Natural Resources and Environmental Education
4-H Natural Resources and Environmental Education offers 4-H resources, clubs, and competitive events, sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Virginia Conservation Leadership Institute
Virginia Conservation Leadership Institute focuses volunteer service, environmental stewardship, and mentorship opportunities for high school students, sponsored by Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
If you’re interested in a local group educational program, contact your local DOF forester.