The NAU Centennial Forest offers new Climate Change Challenge environmental education summer program and opens its field campus facilities to NAU groups and the public.

With facilities open to the public, summer camp at the Centennial Forest is not limited to just kids this year.

The field campus is available for use by NAU groups and the public, ranging in price from free to up to $500 a day.

NAU School of Forestry manages the 120-acre parcel located just past the Arboretum at Flagstaff. Facilities on the campus include two log ramadas built from ponderosa pine harvested from restoration projects, five cabins that sleep up to 40 people, two bathrooms and two open-air showers.

Campers can spot wildlife, hike a ½-mile nature trail and stargaze at night, all while surrounded by the Coconino National Forest.

The Centennial Forest continues to offer youth environmental education programs to provide fun, engaging learning experiences that connect kids to nature and encourage them to become active in their communities and schools.

These summer programs are offered to children ages 9 to 16 and include the junior forest academy, senior forest academy, outdoor leadership academy, counselor in training program and junior counselor program.

A new program, Climate Change Challenge, focuses on solving problems related to global climate change issues. Campers work with researchers and professors on campus and participate in hands-on experiences such as building wind turbines. Their ultimate goal is to design and then present solutions to climate change issues.

Centennial Forest staff run the youth programs and also are available to teach educational nature programs, lead field trips to research sites, demonstrate sustainable forestry and FIREWISE practices and help coordinate group activities and logistics.

Scholarships are available to cover tuition rates.

For information contact Cheryl Miller at (928) 523-6727 or Cheryl.Miller@nau.edu.