The moment you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. The first day of summer camp is here and it’s everything you’ve hoped for. Familiar faces welcome you back. New acquaintances fast become friends. Green River Preserve is now home to over 100 campers, all ready to learn, explore and experience the magic.
For those who’ve been a part of GRP for any amount of time, Opening Day reminds us of the root values that make our community particularly unique. Our mission is to provide a challenging and nurturing learning experience that will inspire a deep appreciation of interconnectedness, ecological respect, and the joy of living.
Every morning, our campers embark on hikes all over the Preserve, led by a team of seasoned naturalists we call Mentors. Through experiential outdoor education, we show our campers the beauty and the wonders of the Western North Carolina mountains. Afternoons are spent on base camp, where we teach a variety of activities, from Archery and Fly-fishing to Nature Art and Outdoor skills. After a delicious dinner(immediately followed by a delectable dessert), the entire camp congregates at Upper Council Fire, a place of reverence and wisdom. Sandy, the camp founder and ultimate fly-fisherman, readsa letter of response from Chief Seattle to President Pierce’s 1854 offer to purchase a large tract of native land.
As the mold of day is reshaped into the night, our beloved Green River Ramblers play some memorable tunes, uplifting our spirits before we tuck in for the evening.
Here, we embrace life. We discover it while playing in the Green River, in the form of crayfish, salamanders and indicator species. We unleash our creativity while drawing and painting at Star’s Studio or while making a bracelet at the Pioneer Cabin. We enrich our souls, and together we help each other grow.