GRP’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2017

At Green River Preserve


We are excited to welcome campers, staff, alumni, and their families home to Green River Preserve for a special weekend filled with connections to nature and old friends. From Mentor hikes to Ortman, this 2-day, 2-night all-inclusive program focuses on GRP tradition and fun. Please join us as we celebrate not only GRP’s last 30 years, but the next 30 years, as well. Happy Birthday, GRP!

- Mentor Hikes –
- Farm Feast –
- Upper Council Fire & S’mores-
- Base Camp Activities –
- Live Music with The GRP Ramblers-
- 30 For 30 Campaign Launch –
- Old and New Traditions -


What time do I need to arrive?
The official arrival time is from 3-5p on Friday, Sept. 29th. Please check in at the Back Field via the Opening/Closing Day entrance. If you plan to arrive at a later time, please contact with your estimated arrival.

What time do I need to depart?
Please plan to depart between 10-11a on Sunday, Oct. 1st. If you plan to depart at an earlier time, please contact with your estimated departure.

Who can attend the 30th Anniversary Celebration?
GRP’s 30th Anniversary Celebration is a special event for anyone with a connection to Green River Preserve and a deep appreciation to nature! This includes all current campers, alumni, staff members, and their families. All attendees must purchase tickets through the official Eventbrite site.

What will the weather at camp be like in September?
Fall at camp is glorious! Temperatures during the day are usually in the 60s-70s, and nights are usually in the 40s-50s. When packing, be prepared for variety, from summer-like days in the sun, rain, or chilly winds.

What is the schedule for the weekend?
Stay tuned! We will send you a detailed schedule prior to your arrival at camp.

Will there be alcohol at this event?
Yes, there will be a cash bar during the Farm Feast on Saturday night for anyone 21 years or older. Please show your ID at check-in to receive an identifying wrist-band. Anyone without this wrist band will not be served alcohol and will be asked to leave if consuming alcohol illegally.

How do I get to camp?
We are unplugged at camp! GPS and cell service is nonexistent on the Preserve, so please use the driving directions found on the bottom of our home page or (click here).

Can I stay at camp?
Yes! There are two options for lodging at camp during the 30th:

Bunk Bed Rental (Family or Adult Only) – $25/night per person
Campsite Rental – $15/night per campsite

Both are available in limited quantities with ticket purchases on our Eventbrite registration site. Please keep in mind that you are renting BEDS, not cabins. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that all members of your party will be in the same cabin building, but we will make every effort to put people together! If you would prefer to only sleep with your immediate family, we recommend that you reserve a campsite or two.

What if I don’t want to stay at camp?
There are several other lodging options in the area. Please call the camp office (828.698.8828) for suggestions.

What if I plan to drive to camp?
Stay tuned! We will send you additional information about check-in prior to your arrival.

Will I get my walking stick at this event?
If you are an alumni of GRP, you are eligible to receive your walking stick at the Upper Council Fire on Friday evening! For more information, read this.

How can I connect with “my people” before (and after) the event?
Through our GRP alumni page! Set up or update your account through CampInTouch to plan a reunion with your cabinmates and share favorite memories.

Will the Camp Store be open?
Yes! The Camp Store will be open during the day on Saturday with a special selection of 30th Anniversary gear. Please bring cash or checks for payment.

Will Ortman & Scrappy be there?
We’ve heard rumors that our favorite superheros will be flying in for this special event…Keep your eyes peeled!

Can I bring my dog?
While we are beyond excited to see so many friends of GRP gathered together for the weekend, please leave your pets, worries, work and electronics behind. Part of our mission is to disconnect from the rest of the world and reconnect with nature and we hope that we can all support this goal together.

What should I bring?
We suggest packing the following items PER PERSON:

Assortment of clothing, good for layering
Warm sweater or jacket
Hat and gloves
Rain jacket
Sturdy hiking boots or trail shoes
Wool socks
Bathing suit
Water shoes (ex. Chacos, Tevas, Keens)
Water bottle
Sleeping bag
Tent (if camping)
Camping chair (if desired)