The School of Forestry’s Centennial Forest summer programs are branching out. The public camp offerings now include an Outdoor Leadership Academy and a Forestry Family Camp weekend in addition to the junior and senior forester academies.
“We’re about connecting kids to the ponderosa pine forest and the natural world that surrounds them so they can learn and teach others about good stewardship, land ethics and forest health,” saidCheryl Miller, camp director. “The most important emphasis of the curriculum is to have fun while learning in the forest. We take special care to engage every child in the wonder and beauty of nature.”
Campers learn about forest science, restoration, wildfire risk and prevention, sustainable wood harvesting, wildlife, Native American culture, ecological sustainability, team building and community service.
Camp is made up of one-week, overnight sessions full of hands-on activities, including nature-based art projects, team-building on NAU’s rope’s course, professional guest speakers, s’mores and more.
Junior foresters also have the opportunity to interact with natural resource professionals.
“Forest health is a big issue—statewide and long term,” said Mike Wagner, NAU Regents’ Professor in forestry. “It is important to reach youth through a program like the Junior Forester Academy.”
Camp season is from June 12 through July 9. Tuition is $650 per week and includes healthy meals, a camp T-shirt and all activities. Scholarships are available.