NCFA Forestry and Environmental Camps

Forestry and Environmental Camps are on site field trips that allow students to become junior foresters and nature resource professionals for a day. Middle and high school students learn topics such as wildlife, dendrology, forest products, and mapping to explore a nearby park or green space. All lessons and activities are taught by professionals working in the field which gives students the unique opportunity to learn skills and use tools needed for a career in the environment. 

Camp At A Glance

  • This program is structured to accommodate entire grade levels, and can be structured as a one day program, to a multi day experience depending on your school size. Each rotating group can accommodate up to 30 students.
  • Park fees and material costs are sponsored by NCFA. Transportation to and from the camp site and lunch for students are the responsibility of the school.
  • Activities and lesson plans correlate to the NC Essential Standards for Science, Math, and Social Studies for Fifth Grade, Sixth Grade, and ninth grade students.
  • Menu of Activities
    • Click here for a menu of our offered activities for fifth and sixth grade students.
    • Click here for a menu of our offered activities for earth/environmental science students.
  • Sample Schedule of a Camp Day
Class/Group 9:00 a.m. 9:10-10:00 10:05-10:55 11:00-11:50 Lunch 12:30-1:20
Willow Introduction Dendrology Ecology Forest Products Lunch Wildlife
Red Oak Introduction Wildlife Dendrology Ecology Lunch Forest Products
Maple Introduction Forest Products Wildlife Dendrology Lunch Ecology
Pine Introduction Ecology Forest Products Wildlife Lunch Dendrology


Currently, camps are offered in Wilmington, Greensboro, Raleigh and Lake Norman.

Please contact Amy Juliana, the NCFA’s Education Programs Manager for the following information: 

  • You are interested in booking a camp! Please provide interested dates, location of school, possible green spaces that can be utilized and number of students.
  • If you are interested in observing a camp.
  • If you are a professional and would like to volunteer to lead an activity. Volunteers are able to earn criteria 3 CFE’s.

Our fall Forestry and Environmental Camp have been scheduled, and we are looking to our local communities for volunteers! We are in need of forestry, natural resource professionals, and environmental educators to volunteer to lead our rotational activities and lesson plans to students. Activities are focused on forestry and environmental education; which cover topics on wildlife, dendrology, forest products, soils, compass work, mapping, and tree measurement. NC Forestry Association will provide the lesson plans and materials, we just need you! See below for the dates of the camp and how to register. Please note that you are not required to volunteer the entire the week. Any time that you can spare would be appreciated!

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Volunteer T-Shirts
  • Lunch
  • Foresters will have the opportunity to earn criteria 3 CFE Credits.
  • Criteria IV Teaching Hours for EE credit

If you are unable to volunteer, please share these volunteer opportunities with your colleagues. We would like to showcase a variety of careers that students can pursue working outdoors and with natural resources

  • For additional details, please review the attached Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Click here for activities overview for middle students.
  • Lesson plans and camp details will be provided once a volunteer has registered.

Scheduled Camps

Tuesday September 24-Friday September 27, 2019; 8:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Lake Norman State Park- 759 State Park Rd, Troutman, NC 28166. The NCFA is once again returning to Lake Norman State Park to host the 6th grade students of Brawley Middle School and Troutman Middle School.

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Monday, October 14, 2019 at Kentwood Park in Raleigh, NC. 8:30 am- 1:00 pm

NCFA will host the 5th graders from AB Combs Elementary in the heart of Downtown Raleigh.

Monday, November 4- Friday, November 8 2019; 8:30 am- 1:30 p.m. Hugh MacRae Park- 314 Pine Grove Dr, Wilmington, NC 28409. The NCFA is once again returning to Hugh MacRae Park to host the 6th grade students of Roland Grise Middle School and Murray Middle School.

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