Programs

Summer Camps

Creating outdoor experiences and memories that last a lifetime

Audubon Camp 2017

Campers at Bent of the River’s Audubon Camp explore nature in a fun, safe environment within the 700 acres of our nature sanctuary. Audubon Camp fosters curiosity through outdoor exploration that helps campers develop an understanding of the natural world. These unique experiences and adventures can grow into a lifelong appreciation for our environment.

Audubon Camp days are filled with a variety of activities—including hiking, brook-walks, river exploration, crafts, nature-themed games, live animals, and birding.

Our staff is selected for their experience and skills working with youth in environmental education and for their interest in local ecology and natural history. All staff must pass background checks and are required to hold current CPR and First Aid certifications, making camp a safe place to learn about and experience nature. Our staff have helping hands each week from our Leaders in Training, experienced campers gaining skills in environmental education leadership.

Camp Age Groups: Camp groups are arranged by grade. Naturalists are campers entering grades 1- 4 in Fall 2017, EcoDiscoverers are campers entering grades 5 - 8, and EcoVengers are campers entering grades 7 - 9. Leaders in Training are rising 9th - 12th graders that assist camp staff as junior leaders in our camp programs.

Camp Hours & Length: Most camp sessions last one week, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. *The Twilight Investigation week offered for EcoDiscoverers runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. (EcoDiscoverers may participate during our Day Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Twilight Investigations).

Camp Registration: Registration begins March 1, 2017. Camp spots will be reserved only after a completed registration packet and tuition is received (payable online, mailed, or dropped off at the Audubon Center Bent of the River office). Tuition is $280 per camper per week, unless noted.

Camp Scholarships: Thanks to charitable donations from community members and Wild Birds Unlimited, scholarships are available for students in-need to attend this year's Audubon Camp. Review the Scholarship application for more information.

Audubon Camp Perks: At the end of each camp, parents and guardians are invited to our Friday afternoon celebration at 3:30 p.m. Campers will meet parents and gather in our historic barn for a photo slide show, craft and project displays, and stories from the week’s adventures. Parents will also receive a link to pictures taken throughout the camp week. Your camper can use the pictures to talk more about all the fun things they did at Nature Camp.

Audubon Camp 2017 Dates & Offerings

June 26 - June 30 July 24 - July 28
July 5 - July 7 (Wednesday - Friday) July 31 - August 4
July 10 - July 14 August 7 - August 11
July 17 - July 21 August 14-18

 

2017 Camp Registration & Theme Details

Naturalists
Programs

Naturalists

Campers entering Grades 1 - 4, join us for up to 7 weeks of summer day camp fun. Learn about and enjoy different nature themes each week, including winged wonders and underground creatures.

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EcoDiscoverers
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EcoDiscoverers

Campers entering Grades 5 - 8, join us for up to 8 weeks of summer camp fun. Learn about and enjoy different nature themes each week, including a week with campfires and twilight hikes.

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EcoVengers
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EcoVengers

Campers entering Grades 7 - 9, join us for a NEW 2-week summer camp, specially designed for young conservationists. Explore and contribute to vital science work, July 11 - 15 & July 18 - 22.

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