“Beside a creek that tumbles down between two mountains, fingertips are taught to see.”
Nature Camp Brochure, 1970s
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Experiential learning, building citizens of tomorrow
Nature Camp is a private, non-profit, residential, co-ed summer camp specializing in natural history and environmental science education, one of the oldest of its kind in the country. Since 1942 Nature Camp has sought to train a corps of interested, knowledgeable youth, from 5th through 12th grade, to conserve and protect the environment and to become wise stewards of the earth’s natural resources.
Nature Camp has taught me what one person who cares can do to make a difference… I have made friendships at Nature Camp that promise to last a lifetime.
Because of [our childrens’] experiences in that beautiful, magical place under the guidance of such nurturing, intelligent and creative young people, they look at the earth through different eyes.
Nature Camp’s legacy to me includes a strong appreciation for the importance of fair play, the value of diversity in nature and among people, (and) the strength of community.
Amy Wingfield ClarkAlumni
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summer residential camp
Academic study that emphasizes hands-on, field-based, experiential learning in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings.
Campers enjoy five or six hours of free time each day, compared to only three hours spent in scheduled classes.
Campers engage in practices limiting consumption of natural resources and minimize our impact on the earth.
Evening learning and special events
Evening programs which vary from educational to purely entertaining, Sunday Hike Days, and more.
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Nature Camp offers on a limited basis a gender-inclusive housing option, in addition to traditional, same-gender housing (for most campers) in our two large bunkhouses each session.
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Nature Camp occupies about six acres leased from the U.S. Forest Service in the Washington Jefferson National Forest in Rockbridge County, Vesuvius, VA and is located about 10 miles off of I-64, and 30 miles from Lexiginton, VA.
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Nature Camp occasionally makes its facilities available for rental by individuals and groups for weddings and other events. Rental periods may range from one to several days.