Summer Camps

Creating outdoor experiences and memories that last a lifetime
Campers standing in the river. Photo: Ken Elkins / Bent of the River Audubon Center
Photo: Ken Elkins / Bent of the River Audubon Center

Audubon Camp 2019

Click here to register for Summer Camp 2019

Campersat 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 2019 and EcoDiscoverers are campers entering grades 5 - 8. 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 opens March 15, 2019. Camp spots will be reserved only after a completed registration packet and tuition are received (payable online, mailed, or dropped off at the Bent of the River Audubon Center office). Tuition is $290 per camper per week unless noted.

Before and After Care: Need help with looking after your camper before and after camp? Take advantage of our Extended Day option. Drop off as early as 8 a.m. and pick up as late as 5 p.m for only a weekly fee of $20 per child or $30 per family (if they have more than one child). To sign up for the Extended Day option, call 203-405-9113 or email Kate Pratt at

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: This year we are offering Bent of the River Audubon Center Water Bottles and Hats to our campers for a $15.00 donation. At the end of each camp, parents and guardians are invited to our Friday afternoon celebration at 3 p.m. Campers will meet parents and gather in our historic barn for a photo slideshow, craft, 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 2019 Dates & Offerings

June 24 - June 28          July 22 - July 26

July 1, 2, 3, & 5              July 29 - August 2

July 8 - July 12.             August 5 - August 9

July 15 - July 19.           August 12 - August 16



Campers entering Grades 1 - 4, join us for up to 8 weeks of summer day camp fun. Learn about and enjoy different nature themes each week, including "Creature Powers Week" and "Nature Ninjas."

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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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