Environmental Leadership for Youth (ELY)

The ELY program, hosted by the OSU Fisheries and Wildlife Department, is intended to increase access and interest in the natural sciences for underrepresented high school age youth.

Summer 2020 ELY Program Goes On-line!!

“Opening Doors to Environmental Careers with Oregon State University.”

In summer 2020, the ELY program went entirely on-line to serve migrant youth across Oregon.  We focused on:

  • introducing watershed health concepts and
  • sampling environmental science degrees and careers.

Here are a few of the videos produced for this program with our partners.

Introduction to Watersheds by Elsa Moreno

NRCS and career path of Heather Sauceda-Medina

Habitat Restoration Program Manager Cris Salazar

Young marine science PhD student, Sarah Hamilton, shares why she is committed

OSU College of Forestry Programs Overview

Environmental Leadership for Youth (ELY) Residential Camp

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.

See details of the Camp from 2018

Watch this great video about ELY filmed in 2018-2019 summer camps!

Questions about ELY? Email the Coordinator

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