The Eagle’s Nest Foundation is rich in history dating back to 1927. Our foundation is rooted in our mission of experiential education for young people, promoting the natural world and the betterment of human character.
The History of the Eagle's Nest Foundation
Mrs. Oppenheimer (Bailey) purchases Eagle’s Nest Camp and moves it from Eagle’s Nest Mountain, Haywood County, NC to our current site in the Little River Valley. The program was only for girls and closed due to WWII.
Dr. Alex and Hannah Waite purchase Eagle’s Nest and open camp for boys and girls the summer of 1945 with the war still ongoing in the Pacific.
Polio outbreak in Florida causes quarantine for the entire camp for two weeks.
Charter as a 501c3 educational, charitable organization with John D’Albora as President.
Carolina’s Camp for Children with Diabetes opens with help from Duke University on the Eagle’s Nest campus. This partnership with the American Diabetes Associations of North and South Carolina and Georgia ran until 1984.
Hante has its first Adventure on the Appalachian Trail.
Helen Valentine Waite becomes director of Eagle’s Nest Camp and Dr. Alex Waite retires.
“Off Season” programs for adults including yoga retreats, bike treks, canoe adventures.
Birch Tree Programs providing transformational experiences for school groups officially opens and runs until 1999.
Eagle’s Nest Camp becomes Eagle’s Nest Foundation overseeing Camp, Hante, The Outdoor Academy and Birch Tree.
The Outdoor Academy officially opens with thanks to the vision of Helen Waite. Ted Wesemann is founding Head of School.
The first OA students matriculate
Noni Waite-Kucera becomes Executive Director of Eagle’s Nest Foundation
Eagle’s Nest purchases 125 acres from P.H. Glatfelter Company including the horse pasture and most of the watershed.
The Traditional Arts Center (Wayah and Cheoah) opens thanks to the generous donors of the Roots and Wings Campaign.
Eagle’s Nest celebrates 85 years!
Protected in perpetuity: Eagle’s Nest places 76% of its land – 143 acres- under a conservation easement