ECO Camp - Exploring Careers Outdoors


Where can a high school student experience a variety of outdoor careers? Where can you learn first-hand about the job of a forester, geologist or park manager? Where can you have a great time meeting new friends while enjoying outdoor recreation activities in Pennsylvania state parks and forests?

What is ECO Camp?

ECO Camp, Exploring Careers Outdoors, is a week-long residential camp for high school students focusing on outdoor careers in recreation, conservation and natural resources. Professional staff from DCNR including state parks, geology and forestry, act as counselors and educators, exposing students to a variety of careers and outdoor recreation activities while interacting with students on a daily basis.

Where and When is ECO Camp?

During the second full week of July, the program is conducted at the Kirby House near Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The site offers experiences in a variety of outdoor careers including forestry, fisheries, park management, geology, outdoor recreation and much more. The 2014 camp will be July 13-18.

Who can Attend ECO Camp?

High school students must be entering 10th grade through 12th grade and have a C average or better. Students attend free of charge and are selected by committee based on their application, essay and recommendation.

What Happens After ECO Camp?

ECO Camp graduates are offered career development opportunities through mentor programs, job shadowing, newsletters and alumni events. Outstanding students are selected to return as Student Leaders. Some students are involved in “School to Work” programs in DCNR. Alumni are encouraged to return as interns.

What is the Cost?

Students participate free of charge. ECO Camp is funded by DCNR and implemented by professional DCNR staff.

How do I Get Involved?

Read the brochure. If you think this camp is for you fill out and submit the application.

Contact ECO Camp

ECO Camp Coordinator
Bureau of State Parks
Outdoor Programming Services Division
PO Box 8551
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8551
717-783-4356
e-mail: RA-ECO_Camp@pa.gov