Established in 1936, the 15,000 acre Prince William Forest Park is the largest protected natural area in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. The park is the largest example of Piedmont forest in the National Park System. The park also protects the Quantico Creek watershed and is a sanctuary for numerous native plant and animal species.
With assistance from a NPF grant, low income youth from the Mid-Atlantic region will get immersed in environmental education at a camp built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Under the themes of Interconnections, Sense of Place, and Stewardship, students experienced hands-on, inquiry-based field science, covering topics from the water cycle to park cultural history.