Environmental Education Programs

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.

Goals and Objectives

The overall goals and objectives of our programs are to:

  1. Introduce kids to the wonder, beauty and importance of forests and how our natural world influences their current lives and career paths.
  2. Provide integrated, hands-on lessons and activities that incorporate math, reading, writing, art and critical thinking skills that lead to creative and thoughtful discussions.
  3. Teach kids strong land ethic and stewardship skills by "putting them in the shoes" of a professional forester, scientist and outdoor leader.
  4. Develop a spirit of community service by integrating community service and critical forest health projects into the learning experience.
  5. Provide a fun and engaging learning experience that encourages kids to become active in their communities and schools.

Our weekly session prices have been reduced to $495 for the 2015 summer camp season! We will continue to offer full, half, and partial scholarships to campers exhibiting financial need. Register now, because spaces will fill quickly at this new, reduced price!

Children ages 9-16 welcome!  

What people are saying about our camps

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“My children would not have been able to attend if it was not for the scholarship program and generosity of Cheryl Miller reducing my co-pays. She made it financially easier for us. Both the kids were sad to leave camp, giving hugs to camp staff when saying good-bye. They both immediately asked if they could attend the next week’s camp! Even though there was few kids that were at camp, they expressed how much fun they had, and all the outdoor information and learning they had. I look forward to sending them next year, and many thanks to ALL that make this a great camping experience.”
- Parent of 2014 camper from Flagstaff, AZ

“Thank you so very much for having my son and for the partial scholarship. He had a BLAST! He still talks about camp. We are so very thankful and grateful for the assistance. Thanks for making a difference in his life!”
- Parent of 2014 camper from Flagstaff, AZ

“My son loved camp! It was such a positive thing for him! He came home so very thrilled and is already talking about next year! Thank you for helping with his confidence! We will for sure be back! Thanks also for the help with funding!”
- Parent of 2014 camper from Flagstaff, AZ

I know he loves this camp & it's because you guys make sure it's great.
- Parent of 2014 camper from Flagstaff, AZ

My son loved being a CIT and going to the OLA. He is very knowledgeable about our native plants. Without scholarship assistance my son would not have been able to have this wonderful experience. NAU Centennial Forest Camp Rocks! Thank you so much!!
- Parent of 2014 camper from Flagstaff, AZ

My son had a great time and already looks forward to going back next year!
- Parent of 2014 camper from Flagstaff, AZ

Thank you my son had a great time! Can’t wait for next summer!!
- Parent of 2014 camper from Flagstaff, AZ

“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