Application for 2020 camp will be available April 2020.
The purpose of Our Big Backyard (OBB) is to immerse children ages 6-10 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. In 2019, we accepted 49 campers.
TESTIMONIALS FROM 2019
- “His favorite part is that he will be his family’s guide for the rest of the summer, taking us to the places he got to go and do, starting with the Morganton Farmer’s Market this Wednesday! He had an absolute BLAST!”
- “She had such a great time and enjoyed herself and I am so appreciative of this kind of camp to expose them to all the different, cool, interesting things they can explore and learn and enjoy OUTSIDE!”
- “He has asked me several times to sign him up again. He loved it!”
“The camp was well organized and scheduled and we really loved the scope of what our son was getting to see and be part of.”
OUR 2019 FUNDING PARTNERS
- Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation
- Burke County United Way
- Burke Women’s Fund (Community Foundation of Burke County)
- Burke Youth Organized Philanthropists (Community Foundation of Burke County)
- International Paper Foundation
OTHER 2019 PARTNERS
- Adventure Bound Books
- Atrium Health
- Camp Grier
- Food Matters Market & Cafe – Morganton
- N.C. Cooperative Extension – Burke County Center
- N.C. State Parks