National Forest Foundation | Earth Camp

Earth Camp

Conservation Stewards for a New Generation

The National Forest Foundation proudly supports Tucson-area high school students in underserved communities by providing three-day experiences throughout the school year; connecting science, art and communication, ethnobotany, and engineering with hands-on stewardship and restoration experiences on the Coronado National Forest. Earth Camp brings STEAM skills to life while also providing outdoor leadership opportunities.

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Photo by Michelle Dillon Photography

With our partners at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the Arizona Conservation Corps, four unique sessions are offered, each aligned with a STEAM career and technology focus. In each session, students learn the connection between current professional fields/interests and the resources and values of the Coronado National Forests. Students can participate in one (or all) of the four sessions, including:

  • The science of earth conservation
  • The art and communications of earth conservation
  • The engineering of earth conservation
  • The foods and culture of earth conservation

Earth Camp stewards develop new skills and a deeper appreciation for the natural world. All while connecting their interests and career pathways to a new landscape and perspective.

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An Average Day in the Life of an Earth Conservation Camp Steward

Each of the three-day sessions offers new experiences. Students will:

  • Work in the field on a restoration project,
  • Apply session themes to restoration and management needs on federal lands,
  • Meet a variety of scientists, social media specialists, forest leaders, and botanical experts,
  • Participate in team-building and leadership development activities, and
  • Provide reflections of personal and conservation goals through photos, social media content, and blogs.
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  • Connecting Tucson-area high school students in under-served communities to their backyard National Forest
  • Introducing new career pathways aligned with STEAM focused interests
  • Supporting stewardship and restoration on the Coronado National Forest
  • Developing a new generation of public land stewards and advocates


Rebecca Davidson, Southwestern Regional Director and Youth Programs Director, at [email protected]