Environmental Education

At Camp Oty’Okwa, Environmental Education is for everyone!

We host school groups that are interested in meeting academic content standards in an experiential way with their entire classroom at once. We offer day trips and overnight options. Please call 740.975.6384 or email amarietta@bbbscentralohio.org for available dates and program options.

We collaborate with Ashland University to offer YEAR-ROUND WEEKEND WORKSHOPS and a WEEK-LONG WORKSHOP in the summer to teachers, naturalists and other adults that want to learn more about leading children through experiential, inquiry-based learning. Semester hours through Ashland University or Professional Development hours are available for these workshops.

We work with COMMUNITY PARTNERS to educate the local southeastern community on various issues relevant to the area.


Our programs inspire students, educators, families and community members to become lifelong learners, caring individuals and environmental stewards. Our programs for school groups, our adult continuing education programs, our community events and our summer science camp all focus learners’ attention on caring for themselves, others and the world around them

Focus on the individuals: Curiosity and excitement lead to discoveries and lasting knowledge. Celebrating the successes of learning new things in a new environment develops a greater sense of self-esteem and empowers and individual to be able to contribute in meaningful ways.

Focus on others: Sharing experiences as a group promotes teamwork and better understanding of others. Focusing on the benefits of diversity increases appreciation of each other and valuing other people. Oty’Okwa is a Native American word meaning “brotherhood.” Brotherhood is achieved by overcoming obstacles and growing together.

Focus on the environment: Knowledge combined with genuine connection leads to a commitment to caring for the world and fosters the desire for lifelong learning and protection of that which we love.



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