These links and notes are in the process of being updated for the 2023 season. Thank you for your patience!
Thank you for your interest in the Forestry Challenge. The Forestry Challenge is a competitive forestry event for high school students with three goals:
- Your child will learn the basics of the science of forestry, and understand how math and science taught on campus apply to the “real world “.
- Your child will explore career options by meeting foresters and a variety of other professionals in the natural resources field, some of whom are just out of college and not too many years older than your child.
- Your child will enjoy some outdoor recreation, to help them develop an appreciation for the forest, even if they are not interested in a career in this field. Outdoor activities might include a night hike, go-karts, and a campfire depending on what is available at the host facility.
The El Dorado event will be Wednesday through Saturday, October 25 to 28, at Leoni Meadows, about a 60-minute drive southeast of Placerville. Your child will be away from campus for two school days, a Thursday and a Friday. While being off campus presents a challenge to keep up with missed classroom time and homework, this unique opportunity is worth it, based on the growth of the program over the years and the positive feedback from students and teachers.
Your child will be supervised at all times by their teacher, other teachers and chaperones, and event volunteers. Students and teachers stay in dormitories, with bathrooms right off the sleeping areas. All educational and social activities are conducted in a safe and fun environment. In the case of a medical emergency, there is an emergency care coordinator on staff who has American Red Cross Professional Rescuer and First Aid Certification.
While the facility we use, Leoni Meadows, is a Christian camp, we at Forestry Educators Incorporated are in no way associated with any religious association. There is no theological curriculum, and students of all faiths, or lack there of, are welcomed to attend and participate.
To learn more about the Forestry Challenge, take a look around this website, where you will find a sample schedule, rules, and information about Leoni Meadows. On the bottom of the What is Forestry Challenge page there is a link to an introductory video, which is a good 1-minute explanation of the Forestry Challenge program.
Please note, there is no fee to attend the event, but the school will be charged a refundable deposit to guarantee attendance.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (530) 417-1960.
Diane Dealey Neill
Forestry Challenge Founder and Coordinator