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!

Campers spend the week away from their screens having adventures in nature and eating (mostly!) healthy. We travel to a different destination each day of camp exposing children to a variety of outdoor activities such as fishing, swimming, hiking and more!


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.


  • “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.”



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