Summer Camp at Green River Preserve
With mountain meadows, quiet forests, crystal clear streams and peaceful overlooks in Western North Carolina, Green River Preserve is a unique setting for a peer group of bright, young naturalists to grow together. Campers live in cabin groups of six with their respective counselors. Each cabin is a duplex adjoined by a central bathroom. Campers sleep on bunkbeds. Each camper’s health and safety is of the utmost importance to us. The camp infirmary is staffed with a registered nurse and counselors and mentors are first-aid and CPR trained and/or certified. The vast majority of our summer camp program occurs on private, protected land, and our camper to staff ratio is less than 3 to 1. A camp radio system allows communication between base camp and hiking or camping groups and a small fleet of large, safe school buses provides camper transportation throughout the preserve.
One of the unique aspects of the Green River Preserve, our mentor hikes, allow campers to explore with naturalists the forests, streams and hidden valleys of the Preserve. Campers learn to use all their senses to experience the outdoors as they play under waterfalls, crawl into caves, explore archaeological sites, track wildlife and taste edible plants. Campers learn by doing.
Campers will enjoy the excitement of an overnight camping trip. They are actively involved in both planning the trip as well as selecting activities for the trip. All necessary equipment is provided to ensure their comfort and safety and all campsites have access to covered storm shelters in case of inclement weather.
Growing up in an increasingly competitive and stressful world, we think it’s important for our campers to learn healthy and rewarding ways to spend their free time. As a result, campers learn skills that they can use for life. Campers are provided with excellent equipment and quality instruction in an environment that respects and nurtures each child’s abilities. We offer many activities including: archery, bb skeet, fencing, canoeing, fly fishing, swimming, climbing tower, low challenge course, theater, dance, music, yoga, tae kwan do, gardening, creative writing, drawing, painting, pottery, crafts, knitting, outdoor cooking, field games and more. Depending on the session and/or our staff skills, these activities may vary.
Group Learning Projects
These are special, day-long activities which two and three-week session campers choose. They have included: Hiking in DuPont State Recreational Forest, Pioneer Cabin Day – crafts and cooking, rock climbing, Native American flute making, fly fishing, tubing on the Davidson River, crafting leather bound journals, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site – creative writing, hiking, painting landscapes at various locations around the Preserve.