SERVE ON THE BOARD

Volunteers are always needed to serve on the Nature Camp Foundation Board.  Support the Foundation’s continuing legacy with the gift of your time and skills.

Find out more or contact the Board Development Committee

SERVE ON A COMMITTEE

The Foundation has equal need of folks to serve on the Communications Committee, Development Committee, Board Development Committee, and Volunteer Committee.

Find out more or contact the Board Development Committee

ATTEND SERVICE WEEKENDS

Service weekends are among the most enjoyable, hands-on ways of giving back to Nature Camp. They are scheduled twice a year, on the third weekend of May and the third weekend of September. All volunteers are welcome regardless of age, skill, or length of stay. There are no fees for attending, food is provided, and the evenings are marked with music and songs accompanied by the banjos, guitars, and fiddles brought by attendees the weekend.

Between 50 and 70 enthusiasts usually show up each weekend. Most spend both nights, camping or sleeping in the bunkhouses; some come just for a day as their schedules allow. Teams are organized for various work projects, ranging from simple to complex, from light to heavy, including those suitable for amateurs and others requiring special skills. This could mean repairing screens and shutter hinges, pulling weeds and picking up roadside trash, and cleaning out drainage ditches. Or it could mean reshingling building roofs, installing new flooring and joists, making carpentry repairs and upgrading plumbing and electrical fixtures.

The projects vary with each weekend as needs are identified. The labor costs saved are very significant, amounting to many tens of thousands of dollars over the years. The camaraderie developed is incalculable.

If you are interested in coming to a service weekend or want to learn more, please contact Theta Miller (theta_miller@hotmail.com.)

Read summaries of past service weekends

Each time you attend a Service Weekend, you must sign a release and waiver form. These waivers are considered a best practice and many service organizations use them. We believe it prudent for us to have these waivers in hand. We know you all love Camp and wouldn’t want anything to happen to it, so we are taking steps to ensure Camp is protected. The language is similar to that used in many waiver forms of Habitat for Humanity organizations. In addition, we will ask parents of minor children who send their kids to service events at Camp with non-custodial adults to sign the Minor release form and send it with their child(ren).

Nature Camp – Release and Waiver
Nature Camp – Release and Waiver for Minors

Policy on Unaccompanied Minors at Nature Camp during events

JOIN US FOR FALL HIKE DAY

Hike days organized by the NCF take place periodically at Nature Camp. A day of hiking in the area around the camp is capped off with a family-style dinner in the Lillian Schilling building. These fund raising hikes are $20 per person over 10 years of age, or $50 maximum for a family. Those aged 10 and under are free with a parent.

Hike days traditionally take place once a year in October – check back here for specific information on this year’s Hike day when it becomes available.

Hike days begin at 10:00 a.m. and run through the evening, RAIN OR SHINE. If the weather is really unfriendly, call to be sure we’re still going hiking: 540.377.2491.

To participate, please complete the relevant form(s):
Release and Waiver
Release and Waiver for Minors

PROMOTE THE NATURE CAMP FOUNDATION

Speaking up for Nature Camp and the NCF is easy with brochures for the Nature Camp Foundation (PDF) and Nature Camp (PDF).

If we have your contact information, you may be contacted about other opportunities to promote Nature Camp as they arise, such as at local Earth Day events in your area. Use the Update your Profile” link in the header or go here to make sure we have your current information.

ATTEND ADULT SESSION OR TEACH A CLASS

Information and registration for Adult Session at Nature Camp.

In addition to Adult Session campers who want to come just to experience the fun, fellowship, and learning, we welcome proposals from Camp alumni and friends who would like to teach during Adult Session. Anyone with a great idea for a class can contact Flip Coulling.

BECOME AN EVENING PROGRAM SPEAKER

Nature Camp welcomes suggestions for evening program speakers and volunteers to present programs during our summer sessions, especially on topics of natural history, life and physical sciences, sustainability and other environmental issues, and eco-travel. We are also always on the lookout for instrumentalists and singers to provide programs of traditional, acoustic string-band music. Nature Camp has modest funds to offer stipends to speakers, but we are happy to cover travel expenses, to feed guests dinner beforehand, and to provide overnight accommodations if necessary. Please direct any suggestions or inquiries to Director of Education Nina Anderson at gfgirl10@hotmail.com.

DONATE TO THE NATURE CAMP HISTORY PROJECT

Please note that ALL donations to the history project MUST be accompanied by a Nature Camp History Project Donation Form. Donations that are not accompanied by a form cannot be included in the Nature Camp History Collection.

Nature Camp History Project Donation Form (PDF)

Find out more about the Nature Camp History Project

What kinds of things can I donate?

What kinds of things can I donate to the Nature Camp History Project?

We need items that will help us document the history of Nature Camp from its inception in 1942 to the present. We’re interested in correspondence of all kinds, photographs, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks (especially those that are labeled and dated), old reports from classes at Camp, video recordings, audio recordings—anything that helps people understand Nature Camp and its culture and mission.

Why do I need to fill out a donation form?

First, your signature on this form ensures that we have the legal right to submit all donated items to our Nature Camp History Collection, which is housed in University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections.  Second, having some background on the donated items helps us organize and cross-reference items appropriately, making them easier for interested folks to find.

If I have ten items to donate, how many forms do I need to fill out?

Please complete one for each individual item or set of items. For example, if you’re donating a sleeve of photographs from your second session major class and a newspaper clipping please fill out one sheet for the set of photos and a separate one for the newspaper clipping.

Where do I send my donations?

Send them to Nancy Lowry: 3475 Red Hill School Road, North Garden VA, 22959

What will happen to items that I donate? Will I be able to get my donations back in the future?

Donated items will become the legal property of the Nature Camp History Collection in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections at the University of Virginia. Donations will not be returned.

Why are these items being placed in the Small Special Collections at the University of Virginia?

UVA has the staffing to make the collection widely available, and they also have the kind of climate-controlled environment that will ensure the safety and preservation of the donated items. We don’t have that kind of facility at Camp.

Can I see/access what I have donated after it has been placed in the Nature Camp History Collection?

Yes. Anyone who wants to visit the collection will be able to do so during the operating hours of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections at UVA. We hope that, in the future, these items will also be made available in digital form.

What if I have a question that isn’t answered on this list?

Contact either Katie Hoffman (katie@appalworks.com) or Nancy Lowry (alowry@mindspring.com or by phone at 434-296-4695).