Why Explore Nature?

Pemi’s Nature Program started in 1925 and has long been regarded as one of the best in the country, garnering nomination by New England ACA for the American Camp Association’s Eleanor P. Eells Award for program excellence. The program encompasses a wide range of activities, including:

  • formal instruction
  • collecting trips
  • day-long excursions
  • informal outings
  • overnight caving trips

Our objective is for you to observe the world around you. We want to help you “take a closer look.” In order to do this, we lead you into nature, not just talk about it. We explore our surroundings together, noticing the action of life all around us.

So…Why Explore Nature?

You’ll have fun…

Exploring the outdoors can lead to a lifelong interest or a rewarding hobby. Most birders, rockhounds, insect enthusiasts, gardeners, bat lovers, mushroom hunters, and more are not professionals. They become interested as children (or sometimes as adults) and pursue their interests well into old age. Beyond that, your knowledge of nature enhances other activities. Even vacation trips to the beach become more interesting when you know something about wave action or take time to explore the tide pools.

You just might find a career…

Every year we hear from campers who have designed science fair projects based on knowledge gained from inspiring, hands-on nature occupations. But more than that, many alums have gone on to become geologists, ecologists, science teachers, outdoor educators, physicists, chemists, or are pursuing a profession related to “nature,” such as environmental law. Most of them will tell you that they got their start at Pemi.

You’ll learn important information…

Practical knowledge will help you with personal and community decisions in the future. When it comes to buying a house or a piece of property, it helps to recognize the “signs” that suggest that it might be in a floodplain or in an area prone to landslides. Community land use decisions are usually made at the local level. Most members of zoning boards, planning boards, inland wetland commissions, and other local boards are not professionals. They are interested citizens who want to help their community. Your knowledge of nature can improve this process, and, perhaps, embolden you to participate directly.

You’re doing something that’s good for you…

Richard Louv in his book Last Child in the Woods cites research that clearly indicates that being in nature is vital to human development. It “calms children, focuses them, and yet excites their senses. The natural world incites peace and curiosity at the same time.” It allows us to, literally and metaphorically, breathe. Research makes it clear that the positive psychological impact of nature exploration on both children and adults is profound.

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