The Jocassee Gorges ecoregion is one of the last wild, undeveloped tracts of land in the southeastern United States. Lake Jocassee provides an avenue into this beautiful, rugged landscape easily, safely, and without committing to an all-day hike. Jocassee Wild Outdoor Education seeks to introduce local school children to this special place so they can begin to make their own connections to the value of natural spaces like Lake Jocassee and the Jocassee Gorges ecoregion.
For many working families, the cost of sending kids on a field trip can be prohibitive. The Jocassee Wild Outdoor Education fund has been established to raise money which will pay for 5th grade school children from Pickens County and Oconee County to have field experiences in the Jocassee Gorges, by way of Lake Jocassee. Our goal is to raise enough money to entirely cover the cost of these experiences, giving local youth an opportunity to make deep, lasting connections to wilderness areas. We hope these children will love the Jocassee Gorges - and be inspired to preserve, protect, and share beautiful wild areas like the Jocassee Gorges - for generations to come.