Nature Adventures With NC 4-H Camps

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Come explore the outdoors with NC 4-H! Our camping staff has a great lineup of fall programs for youth. Public school and homeschool teachers are welcome to join the fun! For more information and to register visit Nature Adventures with NC 4-H Camps.


If you are registering as a teacher or educator, you may enroll an entire class with one registration. If you are registering as a parent or guardian, please submit one registration per child. Race & Ethnicity data is collected for state and federal reporting procedures.

Calling all teachers, home school families, and individuals looking for fun, engaging and educational virtual learning opportunities this fall! Are you looking for great educational content aligned with state teaching standards to spice up your child or classroom’s virtual learning this fall? Then check out our 7-part series focused on North Carolina ecology and the natural sciences. Join us for all 7 programs, or pick and choose what works for your fall teaching objectives and schedule. Can’t make the live event? Be sure to register for the recording to use at your own pace.

Programs are provided for FREE to schools, teachers, and families and will include hands-on activities.

All programs are aligned with NC Standard Course of Study teaching standards and are presented live over Zoom for 45 minutes on the designated date and time by our trained professional Environmental Educators. If you can’t make the live event, recordings will be made available to fit your schedule.

September 18, 2020  – Coastal Ecology – The Eastern 4-H Center is located on beautiful Bulls Bay in northeastern North Carolina. As part of the Albemarle Sound, The Eastern Center is situated in a marine estuary where the freshwater of North Carolina’s rivers meets the saltwater of the Atlantic Ocean. This creates a dynamic and diverse environment for life. In this session, students will explore the vibrant ecology of the Albemarle Sound, learning about the plants and animals that make this unique ecosystem their home.

October 1, 2020  – Beaver Pond Explorations – Did you know that beavers are one of the only species that changes the physical world around them in order to survive? In this session, students will take a virtual tour of the beaver pond habitat at Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center to learn about this important North Carolina animal and its habitat. Students will explore this decades-old, mature beaver pond habitat, learn how to identify evidence of beaver activity, and discover why beavers are so important to many other plants and animals.

October 14, 2020  – Pine Forest Ecology – Did you know that Millstone 4-H Camp is located in one of the most beautifully restored Longleaf Pine forests in the southeastern US? Did you also know that Longleaf Pine forests are home to many rare plant and animal species? In this session, students will explore this unique pine forest ecosystem along with the help of a wildlife expert at Millstone 4-H Camp. Students will explore how and why the Longleaf Pine declined in the 20th century and how restoring these important trees helps many different species.

October 27, 2020  – Stories in the Stars Astronomy – Have you ever wondered how the constellations got their names? In this interactive session, students will investigate the myths or stories behind specific constellations in the night sky. Students will work with their own cluster of stars to create a constellation and a story to go with it. Students will learn about current astronomical events, how to locate constellations in the night sky, and explore what they can find in the night sky right now.

November 9, 2020  – Nature Crafts – The natural world is all around us. In this hands-on learning session, students will learn about North Carolina birds, toads, and frogs and then use what they’ve learned to build nature crafts that will help them observe the natural world in real-time. Students will build simple bird feeders and toad homes. Students will then use their crafts to collect data, make observations, and develop inferences based on evidence about the natural world and the species they find there.

November 20, 2020  – Outdoor Survival Skills – 4-H gained national attention last year when two girls in California who were lost in the woods for several days credited their survival to skills they learned in 4-H. In this interactive session, students will learn survival skills including the Rule of 3, the Ten Essentials, how not to get lost, and how to survive in the wilderness. Then students will apply what they’ve just learned with a mock survival scenario where they have to make decisions about how to survive. This can be done in groups in a traditional classroom, or individually for virtual classrooms or homeschool set-up.

December 8, 2020  – Shark Teeth and Fossils – Eastern North Carolina is home to some of the densest fossil soils around. In this session, students will learn where and how to find them as well as identify some of the many species that can be found. Students will explore different types of fossils and dive deep on shark teeth specifically. The session instructor will share his personal fossil collection to show and tell what he’s found over the last ten years.