This April, seventh graders from two science and math schools in Prince William County each had a four-day, three night field science program. NatureBridge field science educators from across our campuses led the programs, which drew from the Virginia State Standards of Learning and were designed to take advantage of the easy access to water features, including a creek and lake; the diverse Piedmont Forest; the defined geology; and the rich cultural history of the Park.

Seventy-five years ago, this historic park was known as Chopawamsic and was the shining star of the Roosevelt Administration’s Recreation Demonstration Areas (RDA). In 1936, the first cabin camps opened and thousands of children were introduced to the wonders of the great outdoors. Now, after a 30-year absence of a residential education partner, NatureBridge students populate these cabins, explore the trails and forest, learn hands-on science, and rediscover this magnificent national park.


NatureBridge is a nonprofit organization that provides environmental education programs in four national park locations: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Naturebridge campuses provide residential field science and environmental education programs for elementary, middle, and high school students. NatureBridge was founded in 1971 in Yosemite National Park under the name Yosemite Institute.

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