Monday, February 8, 2016

DPR Adventure Camp and Eno Discovery Camp Summer 2016

It's February, it's cold, no leaves on the trees, so it must be the perfect time to talk about summer camp, right?  It seems that we here in DPR Outdoor Recreation just finished summer camp, packed up our summer gear and headed into the cooler temps of fall. But, now we're fast into the planning and preparations for our summer operations, which includes our DPR Adventure Camp, Eno Discovery Camp and summer adventure programs that support DPR's other summer camps.

DPR summer camp registration begins Monday morning, March 14, 2016 at 8:30a.m.  Our camps typically fill up quickly, so we recommend registering as soon as possible! More information about DPR Adventure Camp and Eno Discovery Camp can be found at this link.

New to Eno Discovery Camp is West Point on the Eno Adventures for ages 9-13, which will be based at the Eno but will take campers to points throughout the area.  Camp description:

Spend a week trying out adventurous outdoor activities like rock climbing, kayaking, paddle boarding and much more. Campers meet at West Point on the Eno park in the morning and spends the day adventuring thought the natural wonders here in the Triangle. 
Space is limited, register early!

Never been to one of our camps?  Enjoy some images from past summers below!


Clean before we head into Worley's Cave...
Happy, dirty cavers afterward!

Lovely day on Lake Michie

Stand-Up paddle boarding!


Sliding at Upper Creek Falls in western NC


Climbing on the DPR Discovery Course
Camping at South Mountains State Park


Exploring the cool mountain waters

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Winter Caving with DPR Outdoor Recreation

Winter is a challenging time to plan outdoor recreation for groups, especially with this erratic weather we're having these days.  One go-to adventure for us is caving. North Carolina doesn't have much in the way of caves, but Tennessee is loaded with limestone caves.  According to the Nature Conservancy, Tennessee has over 10,000 documented caves, which means they account for over 20% of the caves in the United States.  Such is our fortune that we live close enough to day trip to one such cave, Worley's, in Bluff City Tennessee.  Our entire staff is passionate about taking care of caves and their fragile ecology. For example, we wear gloves in the gave to protect the cave formations, since our body oil will stop the growth of soda straws, stalactites and stalactmites. We go in small groups to prevent disturbing colonies of bats, and we avoid shining our lights directly on bats when we see them.
Below are some pictures from our adventure in January. We hope you'll join us on our next journey to Tennessee!