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About InsideTREES


InsideTREES will be held on Monday, June 10 - Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Participants are expected to arrive Sunday, June 09, 2019 and depart the afternoon of Wednesday, June 12, 2019 or Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Program Goal

The goal of the program is to increase awareness of educational and career opportunities in natural resources and sustainable biomaterials for high school students. The target audience for InsideTREES is women and minority students from rural regions. First generation, women, minority, and rural high school students are encouraged to apply; however, InsideTREES is open to all. Read Virginia Tech’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement. For more information, read University Policy No. 1025: Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Assault.  

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Program Content

The three-day camp will incorporate aspects of wood science, forestry, engineering, and design to promote a sustainable future. The activities will be hands-on and participants will be actively learning through group projects, labs, and field trips. The activities will be presented by Sustainable Biomaterials faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. 

Other than field trips, camp activities will be held in Cheatham Hall on Virginia Tech's main campus or in Brooks Forest Products Center located in Virginia Tech's Corporate Research Center.

In the evenings, social activities will be monitored by Residential Advisers including Sustainable Biomaterials graduate students or volunteering participants’ parents. 

A tentative schedule of the program can be found here:



Program Cost 

All expenses, except transportation to and from Virginia Tech, and personal items, will be covered. Participants will be provided a dorm room in a residence hall on the Blacksburg campus of Virginia Tech. Participants will be provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner at one of Virginia Tech’s award-winning dining facilities. 


Applications for 2019 are now CLOSED due to reaching maximum number of applications. The application has three components: an applicant form, a parent form, and a student transcipt. A maximum of 10 high school students will be chosen, so apply fast! 

Apply to InsideTREES


If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Audrey Zink-Sharp at 540-231-8820 or email​