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.
Did you know?
Our campers enjoy sitting with table families, making bread, and eating veggies fresh from the garden.
Did you know?
Outdoor Academy students spend ¼ of their semester paddling, climbing, and backpacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Did you know?
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.

Anna 2

APR. 9, 2014

ENC Friendships Stand the Test of Time

There’s an ease about friendships born in the Nest. Coming together again after many years and miles, camp friends seem to pick up where they left off. Throughout the visit, Adam and I talked about mutual friends and who had kept in touch. We discussed our lives and our journeys that brought us to the present. As adults, the conversation included marriage, divorce, careers, children, and our hopes and fears about the future, but the heart was still the same…


APR. 4, 2014

Making (Changing) Plans

If you want to make Mother Nature laugh, make a plan. Last weekend, I learned a lesson in the necessity of flexibility alongside the students of the Outdoor Academy. We had planned for a weekend of paddling the French Broad River, but Mother Nature had her own plans.  We responded to them with flexibility. We […]

Spain boot

APR. 14, 2014


From the second we take our first step we are bound by the laws of motion. Whether we step forward or backward, up, or down, we are moving, existing in a space for a time and then passing on to the next. We create for ourselves endless possibilities and fulfill the dreams and wishes as we continuously, and sometimes arduously, put one foot in front of the next…