It is DEC’s responsibility to protect, improve and conserve the state’s land, waters, air, fish and wildlife and other resources in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being. DEC plays a key role in New Yorkers’ quality of life. It manages natural resources and protects environmental quality for public health and enjoyment and the economic benefits that flow from new technologies and environmentally sound development. Recreation and other special services that DEC provides to the public also help make New York State an attractive place for business and tourism.
DEC’s nearly 3,000 employees, based in a central office in Albany and nine regions around the state, are committed to protecting the environment and natural resources and providing the best service to all DEC customers.
Campers will have the opportunity to learn outdoor skills including backpacking, camping and canoeing. First hand experiences in the outdoors have inspired many campers with a life-long passion for nature and a dedication to stewardship of our natural resources.
Campers will explore New York’s diverse habitats, have the chance to learn basic ecological concepts and how human activities affect the environment. Campers solve challenges, explore environmental concepts, practice outdoor skills and spend the week immersed in nature.
All of the camps offer sportsman education classes, including hunting and archery.