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Wetlands boardwalk at Haw River State Park

339 Conference Center Drive
Browns Summit, NC 27214



Map of North Carolina

GPS: 36.250859, -79.756390


Open seven days a week with the following seasonal gate hours:

Nov - Feb:  8am - 6pm
March, April, May, Sept and Oct: 8am - 8pm
June - August: 8am - 9pm

Closed Christmas Day

Educational programs

The Summit Environmental Education Center is an outdoor environmental education center specializing in day programs and overnight field trips for groups of all ages. The Environmental Education program provides a variety of courses and innovative activities for youth and adult groups of all sizes. All courses are correlated to the NC Essential Standards 2009, and include environmental education topics, NC cultural studies, outdoor education and teambuilding. These wide-ranging courses are designed to enhance and supplement classroom curriculum, as well as foster a respect for nature. The Summit Environmental Education Program is committed to immersing students in an engaging, informative, entertaining and inspiring curriculum.

Follow the links below to learn more about environmental education, planning your field trip, pricing, sample schedules, courses offered, and our staff contact information.

Address: 339 Conference Center Dr., Browns Summit, NC 27214
Phone: (336) 342-6181
Fax: (336) 342-0583
Email SEEC (General inquiries):
Email SEEC Director:

Nature has provided a fine outdoor facility which includes the Haw River headwaters, lush vegetation, wetlands, rolling hills, pine and hardwood forest, wildflowers and abundant animal life.

  • 6-acre lake
  • Numerous hiking and jogging trails
  • Expansive boardwalk that meanders through the wetlands and the Haw River
  • Multiple fire-rings
  • 2 amphitheaters with seating for up to 90.
  • A challenging nine-hole frisbee golf course
  • 1 horseshoe pit


Pick your program to determine your fees
Consider the length of your program, the dates and the courses you are interested in and call the education office at (336) 342-6181.

Book in advance
Field trips are booked on a first-come, first-served basis so make your reservations well in advance. One-year advance booking is available.

Note: Our cabin capacity is 90 people.

Read, sign and return the contract & deposit
We will send out a contract to be signed and mailed back to SEEC after you or your group's representative calls and requests to be placed on the reservations calendar. A 10% deposit is due two weeks prior to your arrival date.

Write or email us if attendance numbers change
Additions to your reservation numbers may be possible. Call us close to the time of your trip to see if we can accommodate any students who are on your waiting list.

Your 10% deposit is not refundable in the event of cancellation.


1-2 Adventures
$17 (w/lunch) / participant
$11 (no lunch) / participant


2-4 Adventures
$22 (w/lunch) / participant
$17 (no lunch) / participant

Overnight Excursion

10:30am arrival Day 1 / 10:30am departure Day 2
3 meals (L, D, B)
4 Adventures
Evening Programming
Lodging in the Treehouse Train (Cabins)
$66 / participant

3-day / 2-night Excursion

10:30am arrival, Day 1 / 10:30 departure, Day 3
6 meals (LD, BLD, B)
6 Adventures
Evening Programming (1-2 nights)
Campfires (w/marshmallows!)
Lodging in the Treehouse Train (Cabins)
$106 / participant


All Day Groups Receive:

  • 1 FREE Chaperone per every 10 students. (Each additional chaperone is full price.)
  • Flexible scheduling, customized programming
  • An instructor-to-student ratio no more than 1:15 (usually at 1:12)

All Overnight Groups Receive:

  • 1 FREE Chaperone per every 8 students. (Each additional chaperone is full price.)
  • Flexible scheduling, customized programming
  • An instructor-to-student ratio no more than 1:15 (usually at 1:12)

Additional Information:

  • SEEC can provide overnight programming for 15 to 130 participants.
  • The Treehouse Train sleeps up to 90. Cottage motel accommodations sleep up to 100.

Come to Haw River State Park for summer fun and adventure! The Summit Environmental Education Staff at Haw River lead participants in many amazing park adventures. Each week has a theme on which programming will focus. The Day Camps are for children who will be rising 2nd-5th graders. We offer Haw River Adventure Camp for 6th-8th graders. Our Grand Camps are for grandparents who would like to come to summer camp with a grandchild or two, or for children who would like to bring their grandparents to camp. These are our only residential camps.

Download Summer Camp and Grand Camp Info Here

Summer Day Camp Daily Schedule:
8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Early Arrivals
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Programmed Activities
4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Extended Hours

Participants will be asked to bring a bag lunch/water bottle each day. Water will be available to the students at lunch and for the breaks. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided. Please be sure to inform us concerning any dietary needs, such as food allergies upon registration.

Registration Information

Registration will begin by mail February 1st. Download:
Summer Day Camp Registration Form
Medical Form 
Grand Camp Registration Form
Grand Camp Medical Form 
and send it in by mail. A $40 non-refundable deposit will be due upon registration to secure a space for each participant.

Contact Information
Haw River State Park
The Summit EE Center/Summer Camps
339 Conference Center Drive
Browns Summit, NC 27214
(336) 342-6181 / 342-6163