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Camp TURF NewsPress Article

Monday, December 2 2013

OSU Department Wins Environmental Excellence Award

OSU's Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture Recognized by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful

The Oklahoma State University (OSU) Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture was honored by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) this week in an environmental collegiate effort category for "Camp TURF." 

Camp TURF (Tomorrow's Undergraduates Realizing the Future) is a summer academy for up to 25 high school students entering ninth or tenth grade in the fall. Students are recruited and participants spend two weeks living in the OSU residential suites exploring career areas in horticulture and landscape architecture. Activities include hands-on learning with industry professionals, touring botanic gardens and learning about water conservation and organic food growth - all which benefit the environment tremendously. 

OSU and its Camp TURF was announced a winner of the Collegiate Effort award at KOB's 23rd annual Environmental Excellence Awards Celebration on November 19, 2013 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Five hundred guests from across Oklahoma cheered on the evening's winners who make up the best of Oklahoma's environmental best. 

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to empower Oklahomans to keep the state clean, enhance its natural beauty and sustain a healthy environment. 

For more information regarding the department and their award-winning efforts, please contact Shelley Mitchell at

For more information regarding the awards celebration, please visit