Thirty-four high school students participated in two camps organized by the University of Maine in July 2013. The Discover the Forest! camp at the University of Maine, Orono, campus drew 19 students from 6 states in the Northeast; earth camp at Suffolk University's Passadumkeag campus was attended by 15 students from four Native American tribes. Both camps received funding from the Forest Service's Northern Research Station and were designed to introduce students to forest ecosystems, natural resource management, and related careers. The week-long programs covered numerous topics�forest, stream, and vernal pool ecology; forest measurements and operations; forest recreation; and university campus life. Evening campfires, swimming, nature walks, and small group discussions with natural resource professionals connected the students to nature in less formal ways. The earth camp also provided numerous cultural resource professionals to help Native American students connect to nature and their culture. Both camps attracted a diverse group of participants, including women and minorities traditionally under-represented in forestry, as well as students from places across the rural to urban gradient.