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Conservation Education

Conservation Education

The divisions of Forestry and Natural Resources work to educate the youth of West Virginia about the state’s abundant natural resources.  These Commerce agencies work with other state, federal and private organizations each year to support conservation camps, and environmental education programs like Project Learning Tree and Project Wild.  

Division of Forestry's Conservation Education Program 

Conservation Camps

West Virginia State Conservation Camp
Every June

Rustic Camp Caesar, near Webster Springs, is the setting for this camp that celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2001. Striving to increase the awareness of the youth of West Virginia, this camp instructs campers, age 14 - 18, in the wise use and management of the natural resources of the state.

Morning Classes include Forestry, Nature Awareness, Law Enforcement, Parks & Recreation, Soil Conservation, Wildlife & Fish Management, Water Quality, Waste Management and Youth Conservation.

Afternoon Activities include Mountain Biking and Rappelling, Archery and Rifle Marksmanship, Fishing, Boating and Swimming.

Each participant attends camp on a scholarship provided by one of several sponsors.

To apply for a scholarship or for more information contact:

Alan Miller
HC32, Box 33
Upper Tract, WV 26866
(304) 358-3298


Mike Hall
WVU Cooperative Extension Service
112-A Bell Street
Webster Springs, WV 26288
(304) 847-2727 (phone and fax)


Junior Conservation Camp
Every June

Kids age 11 - 14 will love this camp at beautiful Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, WV. Junior Conservation Camp teaches campers about the environment and how to be good stewards of our natural resources. Cost is $150/camper.

Morning classes include instruction in Forestry, First Aid, Hunter Education, Recycling, Wildlife, Soils and Water.

Afternoon and evening activities include Archery, Canoeing, Swimming, Kickball, Volleyball and Miniature Golf.

For more information, contact:
Diana Haid, Camp Director
WV Department of Environmental Protection
(304) 926-0499, ext. 1114 


Ted Harriman Forest Industries Camp
Every July

This camp is the ideal experience for young adults, ages 16-20, that are interested in forestry. Rustic Camp Mahonegon, on the Upshur/Randolph County line, about three miles north of Ellamore, provides the perfect natural setting needed to study forests and streams. Campers experience five full days of rigorous forestry training including:

  • Chain Saw Safety
  • Cruising Timber
  • Fire Protection
  • Forest Insects & Diseases
  • Forest Management Techniques & Plans
  • Leaf Collecting
  • Monitoring Water Quality
  • Studying Forest Ecosystems
  • Tree Identification
  • Wilderness Areas & Forest Recreation
  • Wood Industry Tour

Evening recreational activities include softball, volleyball and camp meetings. The camp culminates in a Woodmen's Competition where campers compete in events that include log rolling, cross cut sawing, tree identification and pacing.

Scholarships are paid by West Virginia Forestry Association along with other interested individuals and include meals, lodging, transportation while at camp and insurance. To apply for a scholarship or for more information contact:

West Virginia Forestry Association
P.O. Box 718
Ripley, WV 25271
(888) 372-WOOD