Youth Conservation Camp 

For over 40 years, the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts has sponsored a weeklong summer conservation camp for Virginia high school students (currently enrolled in grades 9th-12th) on the campus of Virginia Tech. The program brings together about 70 interested students for a week of learning about Virginia’s natural resources from conservation professionals and faculty from Virginia Tech. Most of the instruction is hands-on and outdoors.

To find out more information about this camp, click here.

Applications are due back to no later than April 23rd, 2024.

Camper Application



Camp Woods and Wildlife (formerly Holiday Lake Forestry Camp) 

The Virginia Department of Forestry, in cooperation with other natural resource conservation agencies and organizations, has proudly administered Camp Woods and Wildlife (formerly called Holiday Lake Forestry Camp) for more than 70 years. Camp Woods and Wildlife is an academic, structured, residential camp that focuses on field experiences in forestry and other natural resources. This unique camping experience introduces 13-16-year-olds to the challenges, special skills, and knowledge needed for managing the forest resources we use and enjoy every day.

Camp Woods and Wildlife is ideal for students who:

  • wish to explore forestry and wildlife related careers
  • participate in forestry and wildlife judging teams, Envirothon competitions, or ecology clubs
  • want to experience hands-on learning and gain real-world skills in natural resources conservation

Run by the Virginia Department of Forestry, to find out more information, click here.