Youth Conservation Camp


For 40 years, the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts has sponsored a week long summer conservation camp for Virginia high school students (currently enrolled in grades 9-12) 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.

Scholarship funding to cover the registration fee may be available from your local Soil & Water Conservation District. 

To apply for 2018 Youth Conservation Camp, contact your local SWCD to receive an application and find your local application deadline.


Youth Conservation Camp

July 8 – 14, 2018

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Find your Local Soil & Water Conservation District here.

Youth Conservation Camp is open to all Virginia students enrolled in High School for the current year.  See camp pictures and testimonials from students on the VASWCD Facebook page. Contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District or Bonnie Mahl at with questions or for additional camp information.

Youth Conservation Camp Pictures from prior years can be found on the Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts Facebook page.  ‘Like’ our page for photos and updates!

Youth Conservation Camp Highlights

Sunday – Day 111751722_1013640902004010_7374300269993633263_n

  • Opening Program
  • Virginia Tech Campus Tour
  • Volleyball Tournament

Monday – Day 2 – Claytor Lake State Park Trip

  • Lake Ecology Session
  • Fisheries Management
  • Water Quality

Highlights of Day 2 also include a forestry hike, shock fishing, swimming and a cookout.11751779_1013655455335888_2572829052741400264_n

Tuesday – Day 3

  • Cascades Hike – Hike to Cascades waterfall and investigate forestry and wildlife issues.
  • Tour Forest Products Center
  • Turfgrass Management Session

Wednesday – Day 4

  • Visit Virginia Tech Agricultural Farm – Learn agricultural best management practices including rotational grazing, alternative watering systems, nutrient management. Focus on agricultural stewardship.
  • Tour Dairy Science Center
  • Tour Swine Center11745839_1013672872000813_5325042683392160906_n
  • Tour College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Soils Session

Thursday – Day 5 – Mountain Lake Field Trip

  • Visit Mountain Lake Field Trip – Participate in Karst Session, forest measurement information, and study wildlife research techniques
  • Tour Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Friday – Day 611163863_1013673095334124_6729850761939316505_n

  • Canoeing on the New River
  • Stream Morphology Session
  • Scavenger Hunt Using GPS

Saturday – Day 7

  • Closing Program/Awards Presentation – Parents Invited
  • Check Out