Buffalo Cove is dedicated to a unique experience for children that promotes healthy growth of individuals, builds community values and upholds the traditions of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Our program was founded to provide a high quality, voluntary outdoor living experience that creates a physically and emotionally safe learning environment where individuals can find harmony and empowerment through self-understanding, simple living, friendships and fun! We focus on the crucial elements of being a positive and productive of any community: humanity, teamwork, communication, compassion, self confidence and a desire to further one’s self. We promote passion for life and the desire to learn.
We provide programs to general youth populations as well as “Youth At Risk” specifically foster children. We strive to open the doors to meaningful outdoor experiences to all types of children. We believe strongly in teaching through fun and meaningful experiences. We get dirty, immersing ourselves in our activities to experience them fully. Our activities run the full spectrum of outdoor education. While most of our lessons are based in the traditional ways of living with the Earth, we also incorporate contemporary adventure and ethics. Thus, we may put on modern back packs for a multi day hike but rub two sticks together to make our cooking fires – all on the same trip. We may be paddling down a river in plastic canoes but stop to track a racoon for a while and learn from his ways. Our 200 acre base camp is in a beautiful, secluded valley in the ancient Southern Appalachians. Here, we have traditional log buildings, a couple timber framed buildings, and several open-air sleeping shelters. Our handful of structures have been built as to create minimal affect upon our rich and diverse flora and fauna populations.