Department Of Forestry Opens Nominations For Camp Woods & Wildlife

Nominations are open for Camp Woods & Wildlife, formerly known as Holiday Lake Forestry Camp.  The 73rd annual camp will be held June 17-22 at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center near Appomattox. This action-packed camp is hosted by the Virginia Department of Forestry, with support and cooperation from other conservation agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals.

“Camp Woods & Wildlife is a unique, field-based learning experience that introduces campers to natural resource careers,” said Camp Coordinator Ellen Powell. “Our natural classroom is the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest.”

Classes include wildlife habitat, tree identification, forest ecology, responsible timber harvesting, reforestation and environmental protection. Campers also take part in field trips, exploratory classes, outdoor recreation and a Lumberjack Field Day.  “My interest in the natural world has done nothing but increase,” wrote one camper after last year’s camp.

Nominees 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.  Any non-related adult who knows of a student’s interest may make nominations for this popular camp.

Financial sponsorship is generously provided by forest industries, conservation agencies, associations and individuals. As a result, every camper selected to attend receives a scholarship and pays only $85 to attend the week-long residential camp. New sponsors are always welcome.

To nominate a camper, visit the Education section of the VDOF website: Nominations are due by April 10.

For more information, please contact Ellen Powell at 434.220.9083 or [email protected]

The Virginia Department of Forestry protects and develops healthy, sustainable forest resources for Virginians.  With nearly 16 million acres of forestland and more than 108,000 Virginians employed in forestry, forest products and related industries, Virginia forests provide an overall economic output of more than $21 Billion annually.


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