Environmental Leadership for Youth (ELY)

The ELY Program aims to introduce youth to environmental sciences through hands-on, experiential  learning on the OSU campus and at various field sites in Western Oregon.  Youth learn about watershed health while gaining a college-like experience, working with and learning from OSU professors, graduate students, and professionals from partnering environmental and natural resource organizations.  Field trips are both educational and adventurous, and may include rafting the Willamette, river snorkeling, hiking on Marys Peak, hiking to Cascadia Caves, and touring the Hatfield Marine Science Center and Yaquina River estuary.  Learning outcomes address multiple STEM topics and Next Generation Science Standards.

The ELY Program is designed to serve underrepresented youth in 8th-12th grades in Oregon and there is no cost to participants.   Youth stay in dorms on campus with authorized group leaders and the ELY Program Coordinator. The summer camp is organized by faculty from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, OSU and Oregon Sea Grant.

ELY Watershed Science Camp for Migrant Education Program youth.

Summer 2020 ELY is going virtual!! Our program begins August 3, for youth registered through the Migrant Education Program.  Contact Maria Andrade for registration information.

See details of the Camp from 2018

Watch this great video about ELY with some shots from our river trip in 2018!

Questions about ELY? Email the Coordinator

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