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Outdoor School Overview

Environmental Education

Education Manager
Voice: 864.836.3291 Extension 111 | Fax: 864.836.3140 | Email: Group Services

We Share the Same Goals

If your goal is to help children learn more about the environment in which we live — then we share the same goal! YMCA Camp Greenville’s Environmental Education Program is a highly organized outdoor learning experience. We aim to help students find out more about the outdoors – and themselves – by providing teaching activities which take place in the outdoors.

We believe that experiencing nature through hands-on exploration leads to lifelong awareness and understanding. Read on, and we think you will find that our program can be an outstanding complement to classroom learning and can assist you in meeting your curriculum goals.

In fact, your students will probably learn a lot more than the concepts and vocabulary that are part of the curriculum. The experience of an extended field trip that we offer leads to learning on many levels.  To learn more about how our classes correlate with the South Carolina course of study click here or for North Carolina click here.

A Mountain Top Education Experience

Our natural resources make a great classroom! At Camp Greenville students explore a 1,600 acre classroom high in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We have many natural ecosystems to explore – from hardwood forests to lakes and streams. In these natural settings terms like “caddis-fly larvae,” “folded mountains,” and “community” take on immediate significance as the students experience their meaning firsthand.

Customize the Program to Meet Your Needs

You will be able to choose activities for your students from a list of options. Most teachers choose a mix of activities that provide a well-rounded balance of learning experiences. For example, you might want your students to learn about aquatic life, forest ecology and ecosystems, animal mountain habitats, or mountain geology. In addition, you might choose our creative writing class, one of our group problem-solving activities, an arts & crafts activity, or maybe a hike to our spectacular 150 ft. Rainbow Falls.

Almost every school group participates in one of our “challenges and initiatives” activities such as “group dynamics.” We’ve been told that for many students, (and adults), group dynamics is one of the most memorable activities of the program. You even have several choices for evening programs. These are generally more social and fun in nature, although our campfire programs, square dances and night hikes can be great learning experiences.

Most schools choose to participate in our 3-day program, but we can tailor the experience to suit your needs. A typical 3-day program includes seven activity periods, two evening programs, and six meals.

Typical 3-Day Program Schedule

10:30 a.m. – Arrive & settle into cabins
11:30 a.m. – Welcome meeting
12:30 p.m. – Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 1st Activity
3:15 p.m. – 2nd Activity
4:45 p.m. – Recreation/Store
6:00 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 p.m. – Evening Program

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 3rd Activity
10:45 a.m. – 4th Activity
12:30 p.m. – Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 5th Activity
3:15 p.m. – 6th Activity
4:45 p.m. – Recreation/Store
6:00 p.m. – Dinner
7:30 p.m. – Evening Program

Pack and check out of cabin before breakfast

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 7th Activity
10:30 a.m. – Sharing Circle
11:00 a.m. – Depart

Online Forms

Below are several of our Environmental Education forms that are available for download by clicking on the form.