The Pryor Times

May 11, 2014

Youth Forestry Camp offers teens unique camp experience


PRYOR, OK — Pryor Times



Are you ready to head to Beaver’s Bend State Park this summer for swimming, canoeing, new friends and all kinds of fun?  Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS) is encouraging teens to register now for a one-of-a-kind camp adventure in the forest this summer.  The May 16 deadline is approaching, and space is filling up for Oklahoma Forestry Services’ 58th Annual Youth Forestry Camp, which will take place in Beaver’s Bend State Park June 2 through 7.

“Catching Fire” is this year’s theme, with campers learning about fire ecology and how fire affects the forest’s ecosystem.  Hands-on activities with natural resource professionals will include wildlife management, forestry management, stream ecology and fire management.  These professionals, who represent organizations such as Oklahoma Departments of Wildlife and State Parks, OSU Research Extension, Lower Mountain Fork River Foundation and Weyerhaeuser Company, will also discuss career opportunities with the teens.

In addition to learning about the environment, campers enjoy daily recreational activities such as swimming, hiking, canoeing, archery and fishing and meeting new friends while enjoying one of Oklahoma’s most spectacular places.

“It is great to see the kids having fun and making new friends while learning about the forest,” said Jeri Irby, Oklahoma Forestry Services Education Coordinator.  “And one my favorite things is seeing kids leave camp with a heightened awareness and respect for the environment.”

Youth Forestry Camp is open to boys and girls ages 13 -15.  The fee for campers is $175 and covers all costs, including lodging, meals, transportation at camp, field trips and workshops.  A limited number of partial scholarships are available.

Teens are encouraged to register now for this extraordinary outdoor experience at www.forestry.ok.gov/forestycamp.    The website also has additional camp information and photos from previous years.  Those interested are also welcome to contact Jerí Irby at 405-522-6160 or jeri.irby@ag.ok.gov.