The vision of the Centennial Forest Environmental Education Programs is to have fun while connecting kids to the forest and the natural world. Campers gain the knowledge to teach others about environmental stewardship, land ethics, and forest health and experience the world in a new way. Not only do kids learn about forestry and environmental science, they also learn about exciting career opportunities managing and caring for our nation’s natural resources.
All of our counselors and staff are alumni of or are currently attending Arizona universities specializing in such diverse fields as forestry, education, environmental science, parks and recreation management, communications, and health professions. Each counselor is trained in CPR/First Aid and is specially selected to serve as a good role model for campers. Our incredibly low ratio of adults to campers (1:7) allows for increased quality of supervision and learning experiences. In addition, a camp nurse is on site every day to monitor the health of campers, administer medications, and provided that little extra TLC when needed.
“My child is SO excited about the forest. He tells me of the beauty and is interested in protecting it. He wants very much to have a future that includes the forest. THANK YOU.”
–Parent of a 2012 return camper from Flagstaff, AZ”
“This was our daughter’s third time with you. I am so grateful for this camp! It has developed her confidence and will (I imagine) be one of her top childhood memories into adulthood.”
- Parent of 2011 return camper from Flagstaff, AZ”
“My son was very excited when he came home from camp. I can’t remember him talking so animatedly or so much about anything before. The counselors/teachers/experiences definitely sparked something in my son. It was a very valuable experience for him. Thank you!”
- Parent of 2011 camper from Phoenix, AZ
“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! My son had such a great time and is still talking about things he learned at camp. We appreciate the opportunity and are thankful for the amount of time you all invested in him!.”
- Parent of 2011 camper from Flagstaff, AZ”
"My daughter loved camp. She is a total nature loving nut and she was in heaven. She talked non-stop for about two days about all the cool things she learned. She really liked and admired all the counselors and truly enjoyed the “camping” experience. This was her first overnight camp experience and it was awesome. I think she matured a lot form this experience. Thank you for nurturing and education young kids with this awesome program. We will definitely be back next summer!"
-Parent of 2010 camper from Flagstaff, AZ
"This is an amazing program! My son had not had any camping experience in the past before he attended the Junior Forester Academy last summer. He really enjoyed the program and was very excited to have the opportunity to come back this year and be a part of Senior Forester Camp. He definitely excelled at skills he learned at the outdoor NAU Challenge Course. He accomplished feats he would never had tried on his own or with his family. The program and staff are simply wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity!"
-Parent of 2010 camper from Mesa, AZ
"We can’t thank everyone enough, our son had such a great time, he is looking forward to next year already. Again, thank you Cheryl and everyone that was involved with making the camp possible."
-Parent of 2009 camper from Mesa, AZ
"Upon their return, they were so excited to tell us about everything they learned, so much so that we had to create a ‘take your turn’ system so each of them could tell us their favorite moments! When we asked them to rate their experience on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the top) out of ALL the experiences they have ever had (including Disneyland, Magic Mountain, etc.), they ALL gave summer camp a 10! Needless to say, when you can get four teen and pre-teen boys to agree on anything that, in itself, is simply amazing!"
-Parent of four 2009 campers from Phoenix, AZ
"Thank you so much for a fulfilling and rich camp experience! We are lucky to have this program available!"
-Parent of 2009 camper from Chino Valley, AZ
"Thank you for attending to my son's dietary needs in such a thorough and personal manner. He also appreciated the attention and care from your camp nurse!"
-Parent of 2008 JFA camper from Mesa, AZ
"Raved about the whole camp experience, the counselors, and has shared with many people all the cool stuff he learned! He can't wait to return next year! Thanks for a great experience - you were all awesome!"
-Parent of 2008 JFA camper
"I was pleasantly surprised they worked on public service segments and exposed her to video recording.
-Parent of 2008 OLA camper from Flagstaff, AZ
"Kudos to all who helped my son achieve great things, become a positive thinker, appreciate beauty and nature. You are all great & awesome teachers and mentors."
-Parent of 2007 SFA Camper from Prescott, AZ
"Thank you again for affording this experience to my daughter. She came back with a greater sense of self and higher self esteem. She has continued to share knowledge she learned at camp. My daughter also continues to share her experience with others and believes (as I do) that JFA and SFA are a must for all children. Thanks again to all staff and their ongoing dedication and effort"
-Parent of 2006 SFA camper from Flagstaff, AZ
"I enjoyed making walking sticks, roasting s'mores, and listening to guest speakers. Not only did I have fun and felt safe during my week at camp, but I learned a tremendous amount. With that knowledge I took my family out on my property and showed them how to read a map and compass."
-Camper of 2005 SFA from Williamson Valley, AZ
"Experiencing your camp has literally changed their lives and made them both more focused in terms of what their goals are for the future. They both are environmentally aware now. They talk in terms I can't understand about nature, fire, animals-thank you. I can only teach them what I know and I thank you for the exposure you gave them to a world that is not only new but wonderful. Every single day some idea, thought or experience from camp is recalled and shared with us all. Thank you very, very much for the joy you shared with my children."
-Parent of 2005 campers from Glendale, AZ
"I just want to let you know that my daughter really enjoyed the camp! You guys did a fantastic job! She learned a lot and made some new friends too."
-Parent of 2004 JFA camper from Flagstaff, AZ
"I just want to tell you that I cannot explain how much he loved the camp and the counselors. His face continues to light up when he talks to family and friends about the camp."
-Parent of 2004 JFA camper from Flagstaff, AZ