57th Annual Oklahoma Youth Forestry Camp

OOOOOklahoma where the wind comes sweeping through the forests!?! What? There are forests in Oklahoma? Come explore Oklahoma’s forests and their many benefits during the 57th annual Oklahoma 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 our forests. Other programs during the week long 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 outdoor recreation in one of the most beautiful places Oklahoma has to offer.

The week-long camp will be held June 3-8 in beautiful Beavers Bend State Park near Broken Bow, Oklahoma, 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.

So don’t wait, only 50 spots are available for the camp. Apply now for this memorable outdoor experience at www.forestry.ok.gov/forestrycamp. The applications will be accepted until April 26th. 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 to 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 life-long awareness and respect for the world in which they live. For more information contact Jeri Irby at 405-522-6160 or jeri.irby@ag.ok.gov.