Governor’s Schools Provide Opportunity to Prepare for the Future

The State of West Virginia and the West Virginia Department of Education are pleased to offer, at no cost, premier summer programs for students following their seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades in school. For more information, visit the GSI (STEM) website

Experience Learning Summer Camp

The Mountain Stewards Summer Camp offers a full summer of awesome programming. The Forest Explorers camp for 8-11-year-olds debuted last year and was loved by all, so that program is back with an extra session. The classic middle and high school programs (called Mountain Trekkers and Rivers & Rocks, respectively) are packed full of real adventure and service opportunities, and graded for experience level all in a small-group setting. The Wilderness Running Camp enters its third year. Don’t miss your chance to take part in one or more of these unique programs.  Visit Experience Leaning for more information.

National Youth Science Camp

Hosted in Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia since 1963, the NYSCamp ( has traditionally been a residential science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program designed to honor and challenge some of the nation’s rising STEM leaders and provide them with opportunities to engage with STEM professionals and participate in exciting outdoor activities.

The NYSCamp is offered to selected participants at NO COST so that talented students may attend regardless of their financial ability. Additionally, although camp activities will be offered throughout the day during camp, selected delegates must commit to a minimum 4.5-hour daily participation requirement between the hours of 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) for the duration of the camp.


  • Must graduate from high school between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.
  • Must have documented superior academic proficiency, including recognition in STEM.
  • Must have documented leadership abilities and social maturity.
  • Must have documented skills and achievements outside the realm of STEM and outside academia.
  • Must demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore new topics.
  • Must intend to pursue higher education and a career in a STEM-related field.
  • Must be willing and able to participate daily for the entire duration of the NYSCamp program

Please direct any questions to:
Sarina Parker
Director of Operations
National Youth Science Foundation
PO Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333

Science Adventure School

Science Adventure School is an adventure-based, outdoor science school dedicated to empowering and educating West Virginia’s youth. It integrates adventure sports-driven STEM curriculum with a hands-on, engaging environmental curriculum at the world-class Summit Bechtel Reserve. With a distinct focus on student development through experiential education, Science Adventure School offers high quality instruction and meaningful experiences to inspire inquiry, instill confidence, and empower the leaders of tomorrow.

Science Adventure School is 4-days and 3-nights where students will be encouraged step out of their comfort zone, get to know their new friends, and find the scientist that lies within. Open dates are September 17-20. This program is being offered at no cost to students. School responsibility includes transporting students to the Summit Bechtel Reserve and providing one teacher per 14 students (teachers will receive an incentive stipend). We will take any number of students interested from 2 – 42!

Please contact administrative expert Alison Conroy ASAP at or 304-680-1421 if you are interested or have questions.