The purpose of Our Big Backyard (OBB) is to immerse children ages 8-12 in the outdoors and increase their environmental literacy through fun, educational activities.
Funded by grants, private gifts and generous in-kind donations by local businesses, the program prioritizes children with a financial barrier to participating in a traditional summer camp and accomplishes big things with a very small budget!
In 2018, Our Big Backyard began as Foothills Conservancy’s first-ever summer camp for kids! Thanks to a partnership with NC Cooperative Extension – Burke Center, 43 campers between the ages of 8 and 12 were accepted to participate in the week-long camp.
Take a look at our adventures from 2018 here:
TESTIMONIALS FROM 2018
- “My daughter loved the fishing and asked us to get her a fishing pole! She also was proud of the blueberry jam she made.”
- “It was a perfect week!”
- “I hope you do this again next year!”
- “The kids loved the camp leaders, activities, and their “swag bags”.
OUR 2019 PARTNERS
- Burke County United Way
- Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge
- Community Foundation of Burke County – Burke Women’s Fund
- Food Matters
- International Paper Foundation