Nature has a way of nurturing us in all the right ways. When children and young adults are immersed with nature, opportunities to be awed and inspired are endless. Of course, proper guidance maximizes learning and helps make these experiences safe. For parents and guardians who are strapped for time, consider a learning camp or internship.
Positive interactions with peers and wildlife in natural settings are enhanced when guided by folks well versed with nature and child development. If you know a child or young adult who might benefit from more time outdoors, feel free to use the list below to help get you started.
4H Youth Development Camps and centers in various locations
American Conservation Experience Various locations
Appalachian Mountain Club Summer Family Programs New Hampshire
Environmental Science Summer Program Duke University, Durham, NC
Great Smoky Mountain National Park Summer Internship Friends of the Smokies
Green River Preserve Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
National Environmental Summit for High School Students Catawba College
North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps Various locations
Outward Bound Various locations
Resource Conservation Workshop At NC State, sponsored by various organizations
Wilderness Adventure Leadership Course New Castle, Virginia