ECO Camp (Exploring Careers Outdoors), run by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, is now accepting applications from high school students for its free week-long program. The program is open to individuals who are currently in grades 9 through 12 (entering grades 10 through 12, or the first year of college, in the fall); candidates are required to submit an application by April 15 to the ECO Camp Coordinator, Bureau of State Parks, P.O. Box 8551, Harrisburg PA 17015-8551. Successful applicants will explore careers in conservation and nature during a week-long residential program at Nescopeck State Park. A full brochure is available here.
According to the DCNR press release, ECO Camp has been a success since its inception 12 years ago, bringing 20 to 25 high schoolers each summer to Kirby House in Luzerne County to explore different careers in forestry, geology, and wildlife conservation. In addition to learning from conservation professionals, ECO Camp participants have the opportunity to extend their summer experience by applying for internships and job-shadowing positions with the DCNR.
Not only is ECO Camp a great way to spend a week during July outdoors, it also provides a window into careers in nature, such as park management, outdoor recreation, and fishery management. Participants stay healthy and active, taking part in outdoor activities such as hiking and rafting. They also learn about careers working for state and national park services and other groups involved in preserving and maintaining the outdoors. Applicants are advised that they must have a C average or better during the academic year preceding participation in ECO Camp, and that they should have a school record that is free from anti-social behavior.
Past participants have come from small and large towns all over the state. Interested students are invited to apply today.