The Edmond Sun

Education

April 2, 2013

Applications open for 57th Annual Oklahoma Youth Forestry Camp

Broken Bow — Oklahoma is known for wind-swept plains, but a less known fact is that same wind sweeps through the state’s acres of forest. Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, is offering students a chance to learn more about the forest during the 57th annual Oklahoma Forestry Youth Forestry Camp.  

Campers will get a chance to explore the forest with natural resource professionals who help protect one of Oklahoma’s most valuable resources. From stream ecology to wildlife management, campers will get to participate in different techniques that are performed to manage the state’s forests. Other programs during the weeklong adventure will include tree identification, GPS exploration, forest measurements and soil investigations. Of course there is time for swimming, hiking, fishing, meeting new friends and exploring other outdoor recreation in one of the most beautiful places Oklahoma has to offer.

The weeklong camp will be June 3-8 in beautiful Beavers Bend State Park near Broken Bow and is open to boys and girls aged 13-15 from across the state. The fee for campers is $175 and covers all costs including lodging, meals, transportation at camp, field trips and workshops. A limited number of partial scholarships are available.

Apply now for this outdoor experience at www.forestry.ok.gov/forestrycamp. Applications will be accepted until April 26. The website also has additional camp information as well as photos from past camps.

Adult leaders and camp counselors are also urged to apply. Camp counselors, age 18-22, should be mature, responsible young adults with an interest in education or outdoor careers such as forestry or wildlife. In addition to working with the younger campers and gaining valuable experience in their field, camp counselors will receive a stipend of $200 for the week. Volunteer adult leaders are also eligible to bring one camper for no charge.

By experiencing our forests in a fun atmosphere students will gain a lifelong awareness and respect for the world in which they live. For more information, contact Jeri Irby at 522-6160 or jeri.irby@ag.ok.gov.

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