School & Group Environmental Science at Prince William Forest

In the largest protected Piedmont forest in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, students study environmental science, learn teamwork, and strengthen their connection with nature.

NatureBridge at Prince William Forest
Cabin Camp 1 Prince William Forest Park
Triangle, VA 22172

Discover the Power of Place

The environmental lessons "reduce and reuse" come to life as we share stories about the cultural, natural, and environmental history of our location at Prince William Forest Park and the surrounding metropolitan Washington, D.C., area.

Our campus, at Cabin Camp 1, is the site of a Depression-era summer camp for inner-city Washington, D.C., youth. Renovated historic buildings include sleeping cabins, a dining hall, and craft lodges. Cabin Camp 1 has been nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.  

Food Service

Our kid-friendly, wholesome meals are made from scratch with local and organic foods when possible, prepared by the friendly and talented staff of Guest Services, Inc.  


Our environmental science programs use small cabins with single beds, housing up to four students, with separate groups of cabins for boys and girls. Hot showers and toilets are in nearby bathhouses. Students will bring their own sleeping bags and pillows.  

Safety and Weather

Our education staff are well-trained and experienced in providing quality education in the wide variety of weather conditions in the Washington, D.C., area. The safety of our program participants is our top priority. We provide packing lists to ensure that students will be well prepared, and we maintain a small gear bank to ensure that needs are met. Our education staff have all completed wilderness first responder training, an 80-hour certification in wilderness first aid.

To successfully navigate the weather challenges of changing seasons, our campus has a number of indoor spaces to enhance the educational experience.

As a further safety precaution, all of our field staff carry a radio for prompt communication from the trails. In the event of an emergency, Prince William Forest Park rangers, Prince William County Fire Department, and EMS personnel are contacted and dispatched simultaneously to provide the best possible response.

A Proud Partner of the National Park Service