Eagle’s Nest Foundation is the nonprofit organization supporting Eagle’s Nest Camp, Hante Adventures, and The Outdoor Academy, a premier semester school in Western North Carolina serving high school sophomores and select juniors.
Our Mission: Experiential education for young people, promoting the natural world and the betterment of human character.
For over 90 years Eagle’s Nest Foundation has been providing hands-on educational programs for young people at each developmental stage of childhood from age 6 to 17. The three programs, Eagle’s Nest Camp, The Outdoor Academy, and Hante Adventures, are intentionally designed to partner with each other, offering a progression of learning. Each program can also stand alone as a unique experience. Our programs encourage participants’ connection to and responsible action within the natural world and build the understanding of self within community.
Our organization believes in the ideals of belonging, self-awareness, honesty and equality. Eagle’s Nest is open to and inclusive of all races, colors, national origins, religions, ages, sexes, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, military and veteran statuses and disabling conditions. We include people of all abilities on an individual basis with regard to our wilderness program in rugged terrain.
Eagle’s Nest Foundation Transcultural Commitment: Cognizant of societal inequalities, ENF is committed to attracting, welcoming, and serving people of diverse cultures, ethnicities, faiths, identities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our community ethos fosters belonging, self-awareness, respect, honesty, empathy, inclusion, and equity. We strive to honor the perspectives and traditions of all members of our community.
Gender Inclusion: Eagle’s Nest Foundation is committed to creating a positive and inclusive learning environment that is sensitive and supportive of the gender identities of children, teens, and adults. We teach and foster empathy and respect throughout our community. The ways in which we are able to programmatically address gender differences on our residential campus are constantly evolving, and our goal is to ensure all people feel safe and supported regardless of their gender identity or expression. While we do not yet have the capacity to provide gender neutral housing for our campers or students, we will work individually with each person and family, as best as we can, to continue safe, respectful, and meaningful participation in, or employment with, our programs.
Land Acknowledgement: Eagle’s Nest Foundation acknowledges, with respect, that the land on which we provide programming is the traditional, ancestral land of the Cherokee people past and present. We recognize that our organization and its participants are guests on this land. We are committed to learning more about the land’s history and creating programs and opportunities that are respectful and inclusive of the Cherokee people.
What are YOU grateful for?
I find myself working on a Parent Questionnaire for Maja’s school to help her college counselor write her recommendations. One question is: “Explain life experiences that have been transforming for your daughter.” Simply put, Eagle’s Nest Camp (for both my girls) and OA (for Maja) came to mind first. I’m so proud of the young women they have become and ENC has been and continues to be an important part of that.”