Sustainability at Whippoorwill

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. – Aristotle

Sidney Wooten started Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp so children could learn about the wonders of nature and of themselves. When camp began four decades ago, the morning council ring included a reading from Thoreau’s Walden, perhaps this passage: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

Today, Whippoorwill strives to protect the land that generations of campers have loved. Learn more about sustainability at Whippoorwill below.

Solar Panels

  • Electric Meter

    Whippoorwill's solar generated power is tracked by Williamson County's Middle Tennessee Electric Corp.

  • Solar Installation Schematic

    This graphic shows the design for Whippoorwill's solar installation.

  • Solar Panels

    In April 2011 Whippoorwill installed solar panels on the hilltop barn. In 2014, Whippoorwill generated 4,423 kilowatt hours!

Organic Garden

Campers can sign up for the Farming interest group to harvest veggies and berries in Whippoorwill’s organic garden. Campers also make zucchini muffins and blackberry jam in Krawdad Kitchen. One of the favorite activities is digging up potatoes and then cooking home fries!