Environmental Leadership for Youth (ELY) Migrant Youth Summer Camp

Rafting Waiver pdf

Snorkeling Waiver pdf


The Environmental Leadership for Youth (ELY) migrant youth summer camp, hosted by the OSU Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences, is currently (2020 – 2023) part of the Oregon Migrant Leadership Institute’s summer programs at OSU.  The ELY camps are intended to increase interest in the natural sciences and increase access to higher education for migrant youth in Oregon through hands-on activities and engagement with Hispanic leaders, natural resource professionals and graduate students.  The residential summer camp is designed for youth entering 9th – 12th grades and youth are recruited through the Migrant Education Program specialists in their respective school districts.

What we do

The ELY Program introduces youth to environmental sciences through hands-on, experiential learning on the OSU campus and at various field sites with partners in Western Oregon.  Youth gain hands-on experience learning about natural sciences and ecology while working with college professors, graduate students, and professionals from OSU Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences. We also meet many other professionals in the field and learn about their pathways to college and careers.  Field trips are both educational and adventurous, and may include rafting the Willamette River, freshwater snorkeling, fish dissection, educational hikes on Marys Peak, exploring petroglyphs at Cascadia Caves, and science labs at Hatfield Marine Science Center.  Learning outcomes address STEM topics and Next Generation Science Standards, as well as tools to help access and explore options in higher education.  Self-empowerment and civic leadership are also key topics.

There is no cost to participants.

Read about details of the ELY Camp from 2018

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


The 2022 ELY Migrant Camp at OSU was organized by faculty from the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences, in partnership with the College of Forestry and support from the College Assistance Migrant Program.  Sponsors include Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Sea Grant.

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Questions about ELY?

Email the Coordinator, Bessie Joyce


Dr. Guillermo Giannico, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences,

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