Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center

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Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center is nestled on 486 acres in the Sandhills region of North Carolina. Rockfish is located at the intersection of Hoke, Cumberland and Robeson counties and borders Lake Upchurch.

Overview of Events

We conduct herpetological fieldwork or project work in small groups, initiating new studies on box turtles, aquatic turtles, vernal pools, frogs, lizards, and snakes. In the evenings, we feature instruction on outdoor photography and other topics connected to herpetological and outdoor education. Participants have the opportunity to study the snakes, frogs, lizards, turtles, and salamanders that live, breed, feed and move through mixed forests and wetlands.

Attend the Rockfish HRE

How do I participate?

This next HRE program will run July 13 – July 18, 2014. The program is free to all participants thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation. In order to participate in this program, students must submit a completed application. Applications will be reviewed and approximately 30 students will be selected. On the application you will indicate your preference for either the Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center or the Rockfish location. There are 2 ways to apply. Click here to apply online (preferred). Additionally, the application may be downloaded as a PDF – HRE 2014 Application or as a .doc – HRE 2014 Application


Who can participate?

We accept approximately 30 students from across the state each summer for the Rockfish site. Students should be rising 9th through 12th graders (during the school year following the HRE).

When is the next HRE at Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center?

The next HRE at Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center will be held July 13 – July 18, 2014.

For more information about the Rockfish Retreat Center visit their website.