Nash McDowell recalled traversing the forests in her neighborhood when she was younger, exploring the outdoors with her brother South and finding places to construct forts.
"I've always been very nature- and outdoor-oriented," said McDowell, a 10th-grade student at Lafayette High School.
Though 15-year-old McDowell has two years still left in high school, she aspires to one day become an environmentalist.
"I just want to work outside," she said.
And each summer, McDowell spends two weeks outdoors in George Washington National Forest at Nature Camp, a private, nonprofit summer camp.
No phone, she said. No television or radio or computers....