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State offers free 6-day environmental career camp to HS students

Mary Ann Thomas
| Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, 2:54 p.m.
Sean Stipp | Trib Total Media

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is accepting applications for a six-day free environmental careers camp in July for high school students in grades 10 through 12.

The program is limited to 20 students, who must apply by April 15.

The camp, held July 8-13 at Camp Kresge, White Haven, Luzerne County, is an opportunity for students to discover if they want to pursue a career in the environmental field.

They will have free lodging at Camp Kresge.

“From wildlife conservation projects and stream sampling of aquatic life, to various forestry skills, daily activities will offer students a hands-on, team-building learning experience in an outdoor setting,” said Terry Brady, DCNR spokesman.

They will explore a range of career experiences, including water quality assessments, geology field studies and overnight camping as well as meet conservation professionals to learn about career opportunities.

Specialists and officials from DCNR's bureaus of State Parks and Forestry will lead camp programs. Following the camp, attendees will have a chance to seek internships, job-shadowing, and other career-related opportunities through the camp's mentor program.

DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn noted in a press statement: “Past campers have come from small towns and large cities, forming a unique pool of intelligence, spirit, and commitment to environmental improvement.”

To apply and learn more, visit DCNR's website , or send an email to, or a letter to ECO Camp Coordinator, Bureau of State Parks, Outdoor Programming Services Division, P.O. Box 8551, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8551m or call 717-425-5330.

Mary Ann Thomas is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4691, or via Twitter @MaThomas_Trib.

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