About Green River Preserve


Green River Preserve is a non-competitive, co-ed summer camp connecting children to nature. Located on a 3,400 acre wildlife Preserve in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina , Green River Preserve inspires campers to have a greater understanding of themselves, their environment, and their fellow man. Our unique program, designed with the help of a child psychologist, encourages bright, curious, and creative children to unplug from computers, television, video games, and cell phones, and to connect with nature, learn their own strengths, and find their inner voice. Every day at Green River Preserve campers thrive in “Nature’s classroom” as they learn from a community where ideas, creativity, and discovery are celebrated.

Green River Preserve is a safe and comfortable place, both physically and emotionally. Purposefully small, our enrollment is limited to 116 campers per session. Green River Preserve offers 1,2, and 3 week summer camp sessions for campers in the rising 2nd through 9th grades and high school expedition programs for rising 9th graders through college freshmen.

Staff are interviewed by the directors and carefully selected with regard to maturity, sensitivity, intellectual achievement, and integrity as role models. Our staff is trained to ensure all campers get the rich and rewarding experience they should expect from Green River Preserve. Our camper to staff ratio is 3 to 1.

A wide variety of activities such as nature, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, outdoor skills, environmental science, fly fishing, music, guitar, art, theater, pottery, woodworking, archery, and BB skeet foster life time learning skills. Unique to our activities is our partnership with the Flat Rock Playhouse, the state theater of North Carolina, for our residential theater camp; an artist-in-residency program; access to DuPont State Recreational Forest for mountain biking; and a partnership with Trout Unlimited for a unique summer camp fly fishing program. Green River Preserve’s program and activities offer quality, intentional, experiential learning opportunities that spark diversity of thought and creativity.

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The signature of Green River Preserve’s program is the mentor hike. Led by mentor naturalists, campers explore forest, streams, and hidden valleys of the Preserve. Filled with adventure, discovery, and a heightened appreciation of the natural world, campers learn to use all of their senses as they play under waterfalls, crawl into caves, explore archeological sites, track wildlife, and taste edible plants.

Green River Preserve’s high school expedition trips are adventures and community building programs designed to develop outdoor skills, teamwork, and leadership opportunities. GRP offers four different expedition trips: Blue Ridge, a two week backpacking and whitewater canoe trip in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina Mountains; Outer Banks , a two week backpacking and sea kayaking rip on the Outer Banks of North Carolina; Trail Blazers, a three week leadership service trip including a backpacking and canoe trip; and Western Expeditions, a three week backpacking and white water rafting trip in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado.

Green River Preserve is a GREEN AMERICA APPROVED business. Our farm to table program is just one of our many efforts in sustainable leadership. Our partnership with Leave no Trace provides campers with guidelines for low impact camping. A conservation easement with Carolina Mountain Land Trust safeguards the future of the Preserve’s land for generations of campers.

Green River Preserve is a summer camp where the quality of one’s character really matters and where campers are allowed to be their best selves. Green River Preserve makes a difference in the lives of campers.