Nature Camp Stories at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Thursday, 04 October, 2018


Did you know there is a non-profit summer camp in Virginia that trains interested, knowledgeable youth to conserve and protect the environment, and to become wise stewards of the earth’s natural resources?  It is an educational effort that the Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society supports with an annual donation. The chapter is very pleased to have Philip Coulling, executive director of Nature Camp, share his camp and camper stories at its October 4th meeting.

This free meeting is open to the public and takes place in the Education and Library Complex of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA. Start time is 7 p.m., but the room is available at 6:30 p.m. so you can come early and get to know others with similar interests. A short business meeting will follow the presentation. 

Coulling says he has found something many of us seek, his dream job. After earning a graduate degree in biology at UNC Chapel Hill, he came back to Virginia as a vegetation ecologist with the Virginia Natural Heritage Program. Despite his chance to travel & explore natural areas all over Virginia, he missed educating young people about natural history. As a former camper, counselor and assistant director at Nature Camp, he kept in touch with camp activities and changes. When the director position came open, he says he “jumped at the chance.” This past summer was his 15th as director.

The Pocahontas Chapter is one of 12 Virginia Native Plant Society chapters, and serves the counties of Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, and the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond.  In addition to the monthly meetings, the chapter conducts field trips, holds a May picnic and wildflower walk, hosts the annual Virginia Native Plant Society Winter Workshop, and sends a monthly newsletter.

Membership in a chapter is available to anyone who joins the Virginia Native Plant Society.  VNPS members enjoy the natural world and support efforts to preserve Virginia’s native plants. Ranging in age from students to seniors, members are professionals, knowledgeable amateurs and many who are just beginning to learn about our flora. While some members join enthusiastically in activities, others help out occasionally or support the society solely with their memberships and their interest. All are welcome.

For more information visit the chapter and state websites.




Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228

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