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Nature Camp is an all-girls summer camp for girls, age thirteen to sixteen. Located near North Carolina’s Pee Dee National Forest, Nature Camp offers overnight summer camps lasting two nights, lasting Monday – Thursday. It’s a non-traditional, all-girls summer camp which offers overnight summer camps with weekend overnight camp options as well. In short, Nature Camp houses girls who love the outdoors, learning to care for it and respect it.

“I have spent a large part of my life in North Carolina’s wilderness areas,” said Nature Camp’s Executive Director, Julia Barnes. “It was a very positive and memorable experience for me growing up in this area. This is a wonderful opportunity for our campers to see the natural world up close and personal. Our camp counselors are very passionate about protecting our nation’s forests and helping to prevent the illegal wildlife trade.” The camp hosts a wide range of activities which will help campers understand the importance of the natural world, and how their actions directly impact it. Many camp activities also include hands-on education with an emphasis on sustainability, conservation, and environmental studies.

Each session of a Nature Camp week is designed around a specific theme. In the first day, campers will learn about how our physical structures and habitats differ from those of other animals and plants. In the second day, campers will discover how animals use sound to protect themselves and make food, explore their environments, and hunt for food. In the third day, campers will go on a nature hike in hopes of spotting some animals, like the elusive fisher cat.

At the end of the third day, campers will present their findings in an oral presentation or field study. In this session, campers are encouraged to share their artwork and/or recordings related to their nature camp experience. At the end of each session, a group activity will be held in which campers can help nature enthusiasts in their own homes. This activity might involve painting a birdhouse, building a bird feeder, or collecting insects and nymphs for a colony. In some nature camps, guests are encouraged to build a treehouse with educational materials included.

Some camps offer overnight summer programs, including nature camps with overnight stays. At these programs, campers go on short nature trips in their own cars, going as far as the grounds of local parks or woods. Participants typically wear backpacks full of supplies and equipment; they explore the natural world, try their hands at new outdoor activities, and make friends with nature friendly volunteers. At the end of their adventures, participants pack up their backpacks, and return to their camp, where they’ll be met with a picnic of fresh fruit, cheeses, baked goods, and other refreshments. Campers will learn a lot at a nature camp about the natural world and how we can help protect it.

An overnight summer program at a nature camp is an exciting opportunity to expand a child’s horizons. It allows the camper to spend a week or two in a particular location, surrounded by all sorts of nature, without the presence of a parent or adult guardian. Because most overnight summer programs at these camps are held in private residences or houses, parents needn’t worry about a babysitter or responsible adults around the children during their camp session. It is also a great opportunity for grandparents to join in with the fun by teaching their grandchildren about nature. The best thing about an overnight session at a nature camp is that campers can meet new friends, play outside, and bond with older campers who have been camping for years. An overnight camp session can prove to be just what your son or daughter needs to expand their horizons, learn more about nature, and get some good rest and relaxation after a long school year.

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