Did you know?
Eagle’s Nest Camp was established in 1927 by educators. Today more than a third of our counselors study or work as educators.
Did you know?
Many of our Outdoor Academy students return home after their semester ahead of their peers academically.
Did you know?
Hante has traveled to many places: Australia, New Zealand, Ecuador, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, France, Iceland, Canada, and Ghana.
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Our campers enjoy sitting with table families, making bread, and eating veggies fresh from the garden.
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Outdoor Academy students spend ¼ of their semester paddling, climbing, and backpacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Eagle's Nest is home to several rare plants. We are working with the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy to provide protected space for them.

“Experiential education for young people, promoting the natural world and the betterment of human character.”

L ocated in Western North Carolina our summer camp and academic semester school provide transformative wilderness and cultural adventures. For over 85 years the Foundation has focused on fostering profound individual development, connection to the natural world and responsible action to our local and global communities. Eagle’s Nest Foundation is a non-profit educational organization whose programs are designed for young people ages 6-18.


MAY. 4, 2015

Extreme Makeover Arts and Crafts Edition: The Making of a Makerspace

This year I have been inspired by several people who are helping to create the Makerspace movement. It all started when Sara Nichols, a camper parent, sent us a TED Talk by Gever Tulley called Life lessons through tinkering and 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do.  With the deeper goal of building […]

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MAY. 13, 2015


We said goodbye to our Semester 40 students on Saturday. As we circled up one last time on Cabin 7 Field before their final send off I shared the following letter with the assembled families: Dear Parents,  On Orientation day when we first circled up together on this field, I shared the poem “On Children” […]

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APR. 15, 2015

To Weather the Weather

There are many elements in our life that challenge us.  Our fears, doubts, other’s opinions and actions, the red tape and the “No Trespassing” signs.  But none of the most majestic and commanding of these hurdles is Mother Nature and all the beauty and fury she packs in varying forms of precipitation.   Vistas and […]