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The Frederick County Forestry Board (FCFB) periodically offers education programs. This page contains information on past FCFB offerings as well as current and up-coming programs from the FCFB as well as other groups in our area that are interested in forestry concerns.
In 2006 and 2007 FCFB offered a series of lectures and field demonstrations for individuals wanting to become familiar with forestry practices and issues. The series extended from November 2006 to June of 2007 and was entitled Forestry 101 . The topics addressed included:
The Maryland Woodland Stewards program
The Maryland Woodland Stewards Project (formerly the Coverts Project) is an educational program of University of Maryland Extension. It teaches forest and wildlife management practices and leadership skills to a select group of people each year. In return, participants apply these principles to property they own or manage, and actively encourage others to practice good forest stewardship using the principle of “Neighbor Helping Neighbor.” The Maryland Woodland Stewards program teaches enthusiastic individuals how to be good stewards of natural land, and good advocates for forest and wildlife stewardship in their community.
The next workshop is scheduled for April 28- May 1, 2016. For more information, please contact Lyle Almond (at email@example.com (link sends e-mail) or 410-827-8056 ext. 125).
Visit Maryland Woodland Stewards for more inform about the following aspects of this program including application materials:
Natural Resouces Career Camp in the News
Frederick News-Post article by Karen Gardner 3/18/17
"High school students with an interest in forestry, fisheries, wildlife or parks management are invited to join other teens at the Natural Resources Careers Camp, July 23 to 29 at Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County."
Read the entire FNP article.
High school students: are you, or someone you know considering a career working outdoors in a natural resources occupation? If so, you should consider applying for Natural Resources Careers Camp. This week long program is held at Camp Hickory near Accident, MD in Garrett County. The purpose of the camp is to provide real world experience to students interested in a wide variety of Natural Resource careers including Forestry, Wildlife Management, Fisheries, Forest Ecology, Parks and Recreation, Soil and Water Conservation, Tree Care and Urban Forestry, among others. Throughout the week students receive hands on training in a wide assortment of these disciplines while they prepare a forestry plan for a given tract of land. At the end of the week the students deliver an overview of their plans at an open forum. There is also a College Night during the week where representatives from several Universities and Colleges offering Natural Resources curricula meet with the students to showcase their institutions. All in all this is a very good learning experience for high school students who are considering a career in the Natural Resources. The Natural Resources Careers Camp is held every year at the end of July.
This year the camp celebrated its 40th year of operation. Recently, 5 students from Frederick County attended Camp Hickory along with 3 members of the Frederick County Forestry Board. The following narratives detail some of their experiences at camp:
Every year the members of the Education Committee of the Maryland Association of Forestry Boards start the task of planning, organizing, recruiting, and fund raising for the Natural Resources Careers Conference (NRCC). It is an arduous task that involves the 24 Maryland Forestry Boards and that takes over half the year culminating in a successful program held the last full week in July at the Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County, Maryland. Why do a bunch of volunteers endure this difficult effort year after year?
The answer is simple and straightforward. Year after year, the high school students who attend the conference tell us it is a great experience. And some of those kids, inspired by a conference speaker, counselor, educator, or experience, decide to continue on in a natural resources career. Occasionally we have younger siblings participate in NRCC because the parents remember us from previous years.
Join high school students from across Maryland at this week-long camp in Garrett County to explore careers and college studies in natural resources.
Natural Resources Career Camp —NRCC Sunday, July 20 – Saturday, July 26, 2014 At the Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County, Maryland
Join high schools students from across the Mid-Atlantic at this fun week-long camp to explore careers and college studies in natural resources. NRCC is a perfect experience for students interested in a career in the fields of forestry, arboriculture, wildlife, ecology and natural resources management. The Program Director is an Allegany College Professor in Forestry.
Field activities include GIS boundary data collection, climbing trees with arborist equipment, conducting a stream survey exercise and touring a sawmill.
Throughout the week students work in teams. Each team creates and presents a forest management plan.
At Career Night, natural resource professionals— forestry, wildlife, urban forestry, fire control, fisheries, bear management, and more— share their job experiences. Meet representatives from the University of Maryland, Penn State, West Virginia University, Allegany College of Mary- land, Frostburg University and Garrett Community College.
Students have the option (fee required) to earn 2 college credits for successful completion of the week of studies and projects.
To learn more and apply visit the Natural Resources Careers Conference Web page.
2012 Natural Resources Careers Conference
Group photo of the 2012 NRCC participants (photo from John Dingedahl)