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Support Slocum Camp

Help us sustain this special place and preserve its legacy, and yours, for generations to come

The Planet is Our Classroom

Each summer, Slocum Camp at the George Watts Hill Demonstration Forest in Durham County becomes home to our forestry and fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology students. This 6-9 week immersive program, known as Summer Camp, offers an intensive, practical, full-time, residential experience for students to live, learn and work in an off-campus forest environment side-by-side with their professors. Here students gain invaluable field knowledge and undertake a myriad of scientific explorations. 

First utilized in 1936, Slocum Camp has grown to include three year-round cabins, 18 seasonal cabins, onsite classrooms, a workshop, storage areas, and more recently, a new kitchen and dining hall with ADA-compliant bathrooms. 

Three of the historic buildings at the camp were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Virginia pine Lodge is nearly 100 years old; other buildings were constructed in the mid-1960s to early 1980s. Due to safety and coding concerns, the Lodge has not been used since 2012.

We’re asking for alumni and friends to assist us as we renovate, restore and revitalize Slocum Camp and the historic Lodge.

Bringing New Life to Camp

For almost 90 years, Slocum Camp at Hill Forest has played a pivotal role in educating NC State foresters with real-world, hands-on, in-the-woods experiences. We are one of only a few forestry programs that require summer camp and one of the very few with our own dedicated camp. To keep this tradition thriving, we have embarked on a goal to make Slocum Camp a year-round facility that will:

  • Provide quality facilities and experiences for current students to meet the demands of a competitive job market.
  • Enhance recruitment efforts by opening up the camp to other forestry programs, NC State student groups, area schools, Scout troops, etc., to educate a wider audience about forestry and share opportunities and careers in natural resources.
  • Generate revenue for continued upkeep and enhancements via rentals for special events, corporate retreats, conferences, family reunions, etc.

Your gift will help keep the College of Natural Resources a top destination for future leaders in natural resources and make Slocum Camp a year-round facility that serves our communities while sharing how our industries make the world a better place for all. Please check out the article New Campaign Hopes to Bring New Life to Forestry Summer Camp about the gift by alumni Ron and Rhett Bost.

Naming Opportunities

We are grateful for every donation received – no matter the size – and every gift will be recognized in some way. For those who wish to solidify their Summer Camp legacy or honor the memory of a particularly inspiring professor, classmate, friend or loved one, several naming opportunities are available. 

Classmates may wish to pool their resources to name a space, such as the Class of 1982 Cabin. The names of all alumni and friends participating in a naming will be permanently displayed in a prominent place in or near the named location.

The Lodge

Bird release in front of Lodge at Slocum Camp
  • The Lodge Building $200,000 
  • Rooms (4 of 5 available) $25,000 each


  • Staff House (1 of 2 available) $50,000 each
  • Cabins (8 of 18 available) $25,000 each
Cabin at Slocum Camp

Buildings and Natural Features

  • Reflecting Pool $50,000    
  • Trails (10 available) $25,000 each
  • West Classroom Building $100,000

Completed Namings

Thank you to the alumni and friends who have already taken steps to support Camp Slocum and create an enduring legacy by naming a facility, cabin or room in the Lodge.

  • Dining Hall – J. Baxter Johnson Jr. Family Dining Hall
    • In honor of J. Baxter Johnson Jr. ’48 by grandson Brady Johnson ’98
  • Great Room – R. Scott Wallinger Great Room
    • Made possible by R. Scott Wallinger, Forestry Alumnus ’60
  • Porch Exterior – K.O. Summerville Porch
    • In memory of Price M. and Addie Mae Summerville by K.O. Summerville ’59
  • Lodge Room No. 1 – Gemmer Room
    • In memory of Dr. Tom Gemmer by Greg ’77 and Teri Ferguson
  • Staff House 33 – Joann & Joseph Cox Jr. Staff House
    • Made possible by the generosity of Joann and Joseph Cox Jr.
  • Walking Bridge – Robert B. Jordan III Walking Bridge
    • In memory of Robert Byrd Jordan III by Jordan Lumber & Supply, Inc.
  • Cabin 1 – Scarborough Family Cabin
    • In honor of Rivers and Craven by Logan ’10 and Ashley ’10 Scarborough
  • Cabin 4 – Ken Hines Cabin
    • In honor of Dr. Lester Holley and Dr. Bob Kellison, by Ken Hines ’79
  • Cabin 5 – Jason B. Kiker Cabin
    • Made possible by the generosity of Holly ’02 and Jason ’00 Kiker
  • Cabin 6 – Pam and Bob Collette Cabin
    • Made possible by the generosity of Pam and Bob ’69 Collette
  • Cabin 7 – Jimmy Redmond Cabin
    • In honor of John ’38 , James ’60 and Jesse Redmond ’15 by Jimmy Redmond ‘82
  • Cabin 8 – Bost Cabin
    • Made possible by forestry alumni Ron ’60 and Rhett Bost ’94
  • Cabin 17 – Annette and Stephen H. Conger, Jr. Cabin
    • Made possible by Annette and Stephen H. Conger, Jr. ’78

Map of Slocum Camp

Cabins and Map - Slocum Camp - College of Natural Resources at NC State
From the cabins to the classroom, lodge, and reflecting pool, Camp Slocum has a number of naming opportunities available.

The Lodge Interior 

Layout of Lodge - Slocum Camp - College of Natural Resources at NC State
The historic Lodge is home to nearly 100 years of memories. Alumni and friends are invited to solidify their legacy by naming a space in the Lodge.

Need more information?

For questions or to discuss naming opportunities, contact Jonathan Hernandez at or 984-209-6234.