The Howard County Forestry Board, in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, sponsors a week long Natural Resources Careers Camp (NRCC) for high school students. The camp is held at Camp Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County. The Howard County Forestry Board selects and provides scholarships for two Howard County students, who are interested in exploring careers in resource management. 


Camp Information

Join field professionals and high school students from across the state for seven days of intense instruction and fun at the Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County, Maryland.

Natural resource professionals and dedicated volunteers have developed the extensive and relevant curriculum. Traditional Forestry will be the main focus of this educational experience with the inclusion of GIS and GPS technology. Urban Forestry and Watershed ecology are also emphasized.

Students may choose to earn two college credits (fees required) from Allegany College of Maryland. To earn the credits, the student must attend the entire week, complete a short exam, and present a team management plan. The credits will transfer to most community colleges in Maryland and several four year colleges and universities.

This co-educational conference provides a real opportunity for high school students interested in a career in Natural Resources to learn from industry professionals and develop contacts that could lead to future employment and a career in natural resources.

  • Immerse yourself in forestry, wildlife, ecology, fisheries, watershed management, natural resources management, and conservation through hands-on field and classroom exercises.
  • Use GIS, GPS, computer simulation, and other field tools related to careers in natural resources.
  • Opt for college credit in beginning forestry (fee required).
  • Become eligible for college scholarships, awarded to program graduates, and designated for forestry, arboriculture, urban forestry and natural resources.
  • Talk with natural resource professionals and learn about college programs offered in these fields.
  • Stay in rustic cabins in the scenic mountains of Garrett County.

How to Apply

  1. Visit the NRCC website to learn more about program dates, student testimonials and to  find the NRCC Application Form. Before applying, make sure you are available to attend the NRCC in western Maryland the entire week of the program. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Late applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis if there are still openings to fill.

  2. Prepare for a brief interview with representatives of your local Forestry Board, which approves each applicant for NRCC and may have scholarships. Students receiving scholarships will still be responsible for the student activity fee.
  3. You will be notified of acceptance beginning in early June.

Visit the website for application details: Maryland Forestry Boards Website