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DCNR Seeking Student Applicants for Environmental Careers Camps

From stream sampling of fish and aquatic life to forestry skills, high school students can explore the excitement and intrigue offered by environmental careers at two summer residential camps being offered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

"Many of the young people enrolled in Environmental Careers Outdoors camps during the past five years will become future stewards of our vast natural resources camps," DCNR Secretary Michael DiBerardinis said. "When they leave camp, they have a sharply honed awareness of the outdoor world and related careers."

Camps will be offered June 17 - 23 at Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center, near Carlisle, Cumberland County; and July 15 - 21 at the Kirby Episcopal House and Chapel, Glen Summit, Luzerne County.

"In previous years I have been privileged to share breakfast with these young campers in the morning and we canoed together in the afternoon," said DiBerardinis. "They always exude a wealth of intelligence, spirit and commitment to environmental improvement. DCNR is proud to underwrite this worthy investment in the future of our youth and our natural resources.

"Our goal for each camp is to introduce 25 students to conservation and environmental careers, and encourage their pursuit."

Participants will take part in activities exposing them to a wide range of career experiences including water quality assessments, geology field studies and overnight camping experiences.

Offered without charge, the instruction and daily activities will be overseen by specialists and officials of DCNR's bureaus of state parks, forestry, and topographic and geologic survey. Selected students in grades 10 - 12 will receive hands-on, team-building learning experience in an outdoor setting.

After the camps, attendees will have a chance to seek internships, mentoring and job-shadowing positions, and the opportunity to return as future camp leaders.

For ECO Camp enrollment applications and information, write to ECO Camp Coordinator, Bureau of State parks, Environmental Education and Information Division, P.O. Box 8551, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8551. Requests can also be made by telephone, (717) 783-4356, or by e-mail,

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