Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley, Inc.

iWalk the Eno Science & Nature Camp and Eno Summer Science Academy, a Year-Round Learning Experience

The Eno River Association’s program expands a successful, curriculum-based iWalk the Eno Science & Nature Camp for 4th-6th graders, launches an Eno Summer Science Academy for middle school students, and connects these experiences with hands-on science learning opportunities throughout the school year. 

Curriculum is based on the NC Science Essential Standards for Elementary and Middle School, focusing on The Nature of Science and Science as Inquiry components. We use Eno River State Park, West Point on the Eno Durham City Park, Falls Lake, and our Confluence Natural Area as outdoor classrooms. Visiting science professionals offers their perspectives and expertise, modelling an array of science-related career paths. 

iWalk the Eno Science & Nature Camp is an existing program originally offered as a one-week experience for Orange County rising sixth-graders. We have expanded the camp to two 1-week sessions and opened it to students ages 8-12 from Orange and Durham county schools within our watershed. Funding from this grant allows us to offer two 1-week camp sessions to students from all Durham and Orange county schools. 

There is also an Eno Summer Science Academy for middle school and early high school students. The Academy will be held at our 180-acre Confluence Natural Area in northern Orange County where the main stem of the Eno forms and where we are developing an eco-station and outdoor classroom. Over a week, fifteen-twenty students from Orange and Durham counties will conduct hands-on science investigations and use on-site resources to conduct citizen science projects and learn about watershed protection. On Friday, they will complete their journey of inquiry by visiting where the Eno, Little, and Flat Rivers form the Neuse River at Falls Lake. 
We provide a continuum of learning with educational hikes, Citizen Science Saturdays, and BioBlitz events throughout the year. Academy students sign a participation agreement committing to participate in a minimum number of these activities and devote three or more hours as 'student teachers' at an event or volunteer stewardship workday.  


Dave Cook
Education and Outreach Coordinator