Environmental Leadership for Youth (ELY)
The ELY program, hosted by the OSU Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences, is intended to increase access and interest in the natural sciences for underrepresented high school age youth.
Summer 2022 in-person ELY Camps based at Oregon State University for high school youth.
- Serving Oregon Migrant Students, August 7th – 12th, 2022
- Serving members of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, August 22nd – 25th, 2022
Environmental Leadership for Youth (ELY) Residential Camps
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, freshwater 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 ELY Camps at OSU are organized by faculty from the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences, in partnership with the College of Forestry, the College Assistance Migrant Program and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, as well as many other partner organizations. Co-sponsors include Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Sea Grant, a USDA-NIFA New Beginnings for Tribal Students grant and a subgrant from Callapooia Watershed Council.
Watch this great video about ELY filmed in 2018-2019 summer camps!
Questions about ELY?
Email the Coordinator, Bessie Joyce firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Guillermo Giannico, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences, email@example.com