Youth Conservation Camp

For 43 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. 

Due to COVID-19, For 2021 VASWCD is partnering with the VA Dept. of Forestry to offer Virginia Academy of Natural Resources. The Virginia Dept. of Forestry (VDOF) and the Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) are partnering to offer the Virginia Academy of Natural Resources(VANR) for current 9th -12th graders.

This camp will be held virtually, where campers will attend virtually live presentations in the morning and have exploration assignments in the afternoon.   

The VANR starts Monday July 12th- Friday July 16th, 2021.

Click here to apply for the Virginia Academy of Natural Resources by April 30th, 2021.  Once accepted, campers will be responsible to pay the $25 fee by May 31, 2021. More information will be sent to campers once they are accepted

We recognize that there are students who are disappointed that the 2021 Youth Conservation Camp has been canceled, but keeping everyone safe and heathy is a top priority.

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 bonnie.mahl@vaswcd.org 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! 

2018 Youth Conservation Camp Annual Report

2019 Youth Conservation Camp Annual Report

For younger students- check out the Foresty Camp Woods & Wildlife June 22-27, 2020