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Nominations Open For Forestry Camp

Nominations are open for the 65th annual Holiday Lake Forestry Camp, to be held June 13-18 at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center. This action-packed camp is hosted by the Virginia Department of Forestry, with support and cooperation from other conservation agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals.

Forestry Camp is much more than a walk in the woods. Campers experience hands-on learning about wildlife habitat, tree identification, timber harvesting, reforestation, environmental protection and more. They also take part in exciting field trips, exploratory classes, outdoor recreation and a Lumberjack Field Day.

Teachers, natural resource professionals and others working with youth may make nominations for camp. Campers must be Virginia residents 13-16 years old with good academic standing, have an interest in natural resources, and must not have attended Forestry Camp before. Teachers may also attend camp to earn recertification credits.

Financial sponsorship is provided by forest industries, conservation agencies, associations and individuals. As a result, every camper selected to attend receives a scholarship and pays $75 to attend the week-long residential camp. New sponsors are always welcome.

To nominate a camper, visit the VDOF website: www.dof.virginia.gov/edu/camp.htm. Nominations are due by April 8.

For more information, contact Ellen Powell at 434.220.9083 or ellen.powell@dof.virginia.gov.