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Conservation Summer Camp


For 40 years, the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts has sponsored a week long summer conservation camp for Virginia high school students (currently enrolled in grades 912) on the campus of Virginia Tech. The program brings together about 70 interested students for a week of learning about Virginia’s natural resources from conservation professionals and faculty from Virginia Tech. Most of the instruction is hands on and outdoors.Scholarship funding to cover the registration fee may be available from your local Soil & Water Conservation District. To apply for 2017 Youth Conservation Camp, contact your local SWCD to receive an application and find your local application deadline.

Youth Conservation Camp
July 9-15, 2017
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Youth Conservation Camp is open to all Virginia students enrolled in High School for the current year. See camp pictures and testimonials from students on the VASWCD Facebook page. Contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District or Bonnie Mahl at bonnie.mahl@vaswcd.org with questions or for additional camp information. Youth Conservation Camp Pictures from prior years can be found on the Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts Facebook page. ‘Like’ our page for photos and updates!

Science Opportunity for 9th graders

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology

Check out this FREE opportunity to interact with other students from Virginia who are interested in the excitement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)!

BLAST will offer dynamic three-day residential summer experiences on the campuses of Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech and University of Virginia in the summer of 2017.  Through innovative hands-on sessions taught by faculty members and staff, students will explore the fun and excitement of STEM while residing in a college dorm.
Current Virginia 8th and 9th grade students with at least a C+ average and a desire to explore STEM opportunities are encouraged to apply.
BLAST is offered FREE of charge to students, however, transportation to and from the universities is the responsibility of each family.  Students who have previously participated in BLAST are not eligible.
  • Session 1:  June 18-21 – Old Dominion University
  • Session 2:  July 16-19 – Virginia Tech
  • Session 3:  July 22-26 – Virginia Tech
  • Session 4:  July 30-August 2 – University of Virginia
More information at: http://blast.spacegrant.org/about

Virginia Space Grant Programs


For current 8th and 9th graders only:  We had over 1,200 students apply 320 slots.  The students have so much fun and the word has spread about how good this program is. Sadly, there is just not enough room for everyone.  Applications open late November.  Application deadline is February 6, 2017.


For current 9th and 10th graders only:

We will be doing a one-day program at ECPI in Newport News. Applications will be disseminated through the schools. If you do not get an application through your school by October 30 let me know and I will email one to you. Deadline is usually mid-November.

Virginia Space Coast Scholars

For current high school sophomores only: Watch the video (the green link below) with you student to see what happens at Space Coast. This summer at one of the sessions there was a rocket launched from Wallops and, due to our partnership with NASA they were able to attend. How cool is that! Online application is now open and the deadline to apply is October 30.


Videos from this summer:



A video from year 2:

I want to share a video created by Week 1’s Strat Comm team at Space Coast.  It’s very creative…and much better than the original version (“Let Me Take a Selfie”).

Let Me Launch A Rocket – http://youtu.be/tRd3aV1JmOQ Enjoy!


For current high school juniors only: This is a fabulous program. Do not hesitate for your high school junior to apply. The online application deadline is October 30, 2016.

Here is the link for more information and to apply:  http://www.vasts.spacegrant.org/  .  Students get 2 free college credits for completing the online course. The top students are selected for the summer academy at NASA Langley and get 2 more free credits!

Here are a few videos made by students that attended our summer academies:

Week one 2016:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC82l-G8pig

Week one 2015:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yunJ3iA6ZBc

Week 3 2013:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYkVlAVHxpc


For CURRENT 11th and 12 graders only:  VIRGINIA EARTH SCIENCE SYSTEMS SCHOLARS!!!  Click the link for more information and the application. The online application deadline is October 30, 2016.


The Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) program is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience, highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Students selected to participate in the program are immersed in NASA-related research through interaction with scientists, engineers and technologists. The program is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and NASA Langley Research Center with assistance from Hampton University. The Virginia Earth System Science Scholars program propose to build on the success of the award-winning Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program, a program which has offered dual enrollment credit, through TNCC, to over 2900 students since 2008.

VESSS 2016 Week 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psyxMvAGViM

VESSS 2016 Week 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNGbVpA0g9w