Children Grow With Nature At Eagle's Nest


December 5, 2016

Cissy Kelton (now Byrd): Cissy Byrd at Eagle's Nest in the late 1970s.

"There is a wolf in me. ...I keep this wolf because the wilderness gave it to me and the wilderness will not let it go."

- Excerpt from "Wilderness" by Carl Sandburg.

For Jodi John Pippin, Sandburg's poem is a reflection of her experiences growing up at Eagle's Nest, a summer camp and academic semester school nestled amongst the dense forests, cool creeks, cascading waterfalls and rolling mountains of Transylvania County.

"Once you feel that you belong to the land and that it belongs to you, there is no way to let it go," said Pippin. "The connection cannot be unheard or unfelt. It is...

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