School of Environmental Education Update 2012

By Sandy Schenck

by Anne Mead, SEE Director

Green River Preserve’s 2012 fall programs were amazing! It is hard to believe our camp season has come to an end. GRP’s School of Environmental Education (SEE) served 451 students and 166 parents and teachers from 12 schools and 8 different regions in the Southeast. It was a packed season of new discoveries, polar bears, cave crawlers, ORT-free challenges, and hundreds of willing adventurists.

GRP staff was especially thrilled to see several summer campers among our school groups. Veteran campers are the best at helping show their classmates the ropes around GRP. A special thank you goes out to all the teachers who brought their students from Durham Academy, Lake Norman Homeschool, Our Lady of Grace, The Lexington School, Ashley Hall, St. Pius X, Five Oaks Academy, Porter Gaud, Trident Academy, Trinity Episcopal, The Cooper School, and Hickory Day School.

Now, you might be asking yourself… what is the SEE program? A SEE program is 3 to 5 days at GRP with your fellow classmates, teachers, and some parent chaperones exploring, playing and learning on the Preserve. Participants ventured out on both morning and afternoon mentor hikes, while also taking turns at the pioneer cabin and the climbing wall. Evenings are spent around the council fire listening to stories, songs, and other GRP folklore, going on night explorations in small mentor groups; sunset ventures at Long Rock; and sharing talents extraordinaire at the variety show.

If you’re interested in sharing some information about GRP’s SEE programs with your school, please contact Anne Mead ( GRP is currently booking school groups for the spring and fall of 2013-2014.