Forest and Fire Management Residential

A student conducts a science investigation during the Forest and Fire Management program

Entering Grades 10-11-12

07/03/2022 - 07/08/2022

10:00 a.m. Sunday - 4:00 p.m Friday


Financial Aid Available

Residential, UC Berkeley Sagehen Field School Truckee National Forest

This program starts on Sunday and transportation will be provided.

Forest and Fire Management Residential

Are you curious about how scientists study and manage forests, in an age of growing wildfires throughout the West? In this Teen Research Program, you will experience firsthand the investigative work, the exciting discovery, and even the sheer fun of field biology. Your days will be filled with scientific observations of organisms and wildlife, explorations of forest and fire management practices, and your own field-based research experiments. This program includes downtime, hikes, and other social activities to make new friends. Join us to gain skills, knowledge, and insight into the fields of forest and fire ecology while adding valuable experience to your college application or career path. We will mark Independence Day with our own celebration.

Forest & Fire Management FAQ

How will I get to the residential site?

We provide transportation to and from the site. Parents/legal guardians can arrange to drop off or pick up their teens at Sagehen if preferred. We will not be able to arrange special pickups or drop-offs midweek. A mode of transportation will stay with us for the entire length of the program for any travel or evacuation needs.

What is the flow of a day of programming?

Each day includes various activities and starts with morning opening, breakfast, science activities and investigations, and then lunch, downtime, social time, and special activities. 

What are the physical requirements for participation?

Teens need to be able to walk to and from investigation sites, in the forest and over small creeks and rocks. The weather can change from one day to the next, so be prepared for a range of clothing needs. It’s always a good idea to have clothing that can get dirty when we are out and about.

What are the accommodations like? 

Accommodations at Sagehen are rustic-cabin style, with 2 to 4 teens sharing a room and shared, gender-specific communal bathrooms with private stalls. Our program instructors are housed in the same areas. Meals are served in the large cabin-style dining room with a porch facing a beautiful forest view.

What are the meals like?

Staff with teens’ help make all the meals. They prepare two hot meals and supplies for a packed lunch each day. With prior notice they can also accommodate most dietary requirements. Meals are enjoyed in camp dining-hall style and many times can be enjoyed outside on the porch.

How many teens are in the group?

We plan for 12 to 16 teens in each program, which is just the right amount for having great social dynamics and a meaningful science experience.

Will we have downtime to just hang with other teens?

Yes, absolutely. We plan the week with plenty of teen social time throughout the day and every evening.

Is there Wi-Fi or cell service?

Cell coverage is unpredictable at all the sites visited during this camp. That said, we will have Wi-Fi access at certain times, based on location and activities.

What do I need to bring?

You will receive a packing list once registered for the program and the name of a contact person to answer any other questions you have.