OKLAHOMA CITY — Do you know a teen who could benefit from spending a week hiking and canoeing, while learning about natural resources in a beautiful forest? Oklahoma Forestry Services invites girls and boys between the ages of 13 to 15 to apply for its annual Oklahoma Forestry Camp, which will be held June 3-8 at Beavers Bend State Park in southeast Oklahoma.
“Youth Forestry Camp provides a unique experience for teens, especially those who don’t get to spend a lot of time outdoors,” said Oklahoma Forestry Services Director and State Forester Mark Goeller. “It’s really a fun, hands-on way to learn about our environment from foresters and other natural resources professionals, while having adventures and making new friends. Our camp experience has a lasting influence on kids, whether it’s a new appreciation for the forest or even choosing natural resources careers.”
In addition to swimming, canoeing, fishing and hiking, campers will also participate in hands-on forest management and stream ecology learning activities with natural resource professionals. These professionals, who represent organizations such as Oklahoma Forestry Services, Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, Oklahoma State University Research Extension, Lower Mountain Fork River Foundation, US Forest Service and Weyerhaeuser Company, will also discuss career opportunities with the teens.
The fee for campers is $250, which covers all costs, including lodging, meals, field trips, workshops and transportation at camp. A limited number of partial scholarships are available to help defray the cost. Camp staff applications are also being accepted.
Teens are encouraged to register now for this extraordinary camp experience, as space fills up quickly and registration closes on May 10th. Visit www.forestry.ok.gov/
–Oklahoma Forestry Services
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