The University of Lynchburg is offering a new summer camp exclusively for high school girls interested in environmental science.
“This program will be designed to address the gender gap within the environmental science crew field. It’s also going to expose the students to the University of Lynchburg as a potential college of choice,” said Outdoor Leadership Programs coordinator Timothy Slusser in an email.
The Pre-college Career Exploration Expedition for High School Women is a partnership between the Claytor Nature Center and the University of Lynchburg Outdoor Leadership Programs and faculty. It is a one-week program from June 26 to July 3 open to young women who have completed grades 9, 10, or 11 and are looking for meaningful ways to engage with the environment and explore careers in the outdoors.
This overnight paddling expedition includes leadership, team building, career exploration, and adventure activities while traveling from Eagle Rock in Botetourt County to Snowden on the James River.
Each day, students will meet professionals from different careers, learn skills associated with wilderness travel, swift water rescue, whitewater paddling, and engage in a citizen science project during the week. The camp culminates at the University with a trek on the high-ropes course, a campus tour, and a creative presentation for friends and family.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the camp begins. Apply on the Claytor Nature Center’s webpage or email Danielle Racke, education coordinator at the Claytor Nature Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Participants will be asked to wear masks when indoors or in close company with others. Camp officials will watch the health conditions of all individuals daily.