Audubon Discovery Camp


During the camping season, the director's phone is 304-261-6016304-261-6016.   

Direct links to register for camp sessions are below.

Camp Sessions

Audubon Discovery Camps for 2016
Prices are higher for new PVAS members, but includes a 1-year family membership. 

     Yankauer Nature Preserve (Berkeley County) 
      Peter Burr Farm (Jefferson County)
       Stauffer's Marsh (Berkeley County) 
       Camps for Younger Campers at Yankauer Nature Preserve 
  • Nature Buddies  // July 11-15 • Ages 5-6 (entering kindergarten or first grade) • $125 per camper   • 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Out of the Nest  // July 18-22 • Ages 3–5 • $50 per first camper / parent team • 9-11:30 a.m.

       Camp Opportunities for Older Campers

  • Wildlife CSI (Yankauer Nature Preserve)  //  July 5-8 (4 days) • Ages 11–13 (entering grades 5-8)  • $125 per camper 
  • Junior Staff at Yankauer Nature Preserve or Peter Burr Farm (grade 7 and older) • Training on June 4 • $30 per camper
  • Teen Digital Nature Photo Camp (grades 9-12) // June 20-24 • $200 per camper

If you are paying fees by check, please send it to
Audubon Discovery Camp, PO Box 578, Shepherdstown WV 25443

Explore the Yankauer Nature Preserve and other natural areas at our Audubon Discovery Camp. Several themes are explored each summer, from “Camp Survivor” to “Creepy Crawly Critters.” The camps focus on natural and cultural history as kids explore forests and fields, build forts, turn over rocks and logs, play games, and generally have so much fun they don’t realize how much they’re learning. Our goal is for campers to gain a better understanding of their role in the natural world by using their senses and exploring with mind and body.

Camp Fees

Most weeks are $150/camper (including deposit) for PVAS members, with some variation depending on the week’s theme and activities. You can choose to reserve your spot with a $50 registration deposit per session per camper and pay the balance of the fee by May 15 (online or by check) by contacting Ellen Murphy at   This deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable to another session. 

If you wish to pay by check (full fee or deposit), send the check to                                      Audubon Discovery Camp, PO Box 578, Shepherdstown WV 25443.

Prices are higher for non-PVAS members, but the fee includes a 1-year Family Membership. Family membership fees are not refundable, but you do receive membership benefits which include discounts to many PVAS programs, discounts at participating nature centers (those will be listed on the PVAS website) and an invitation to the PVAS membership gathering in May/June each year.  (It's family friendly!)  In addition, we are working with local businesses to arrange for discounts and as these are arranged, they will be posted on our website as well.


Camp Scholarships are available and we are eager to help your child attend camp! The 2016 Scholarship Application for Audubon Discovery Camp is due in early April.  The form is simple, but we ask your camper to write a short statement about why they would like to attend camp and require a letter of reference from a teacher or family friend.

How To Register

Registration  Registration is available from February – July. Sessions tend to book early, so early registration is recommended! To receive an e-mail reminder when registration is open, of if you would like to register for a camp session by mail, contact camp director Ellen Murphy or call 304-676-8739.

Waiting Lists When camp sessions fill, we offer waiting lists for each sessions.  There is no money required to be on a waiting list.  Campers are placed in a session in the order they registered for the waiting list.  We encourage you to sign up for a waiting list.  Although there are no guarantees, in the past, almost every camper on a waiting list has been placed in a camp session.

If You Must Cancel Your Registration

If you have to cancel a camp registration, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer your spot to another family.  The $50 deposit for each session is non-refundable.  PVAS membership fees are also not refunded.  If a session must be cancelled, a full refund is given. 

What is the Camp Day Like?

Camp sessions are held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Groups of 8-10 campers of similar age are led by experienced staff to ensure safety and individual attention.   Much of each day is spent hiking in the woods.  Each unit finds a special place in the woods to build a fort from natural materials.    Camp activities include hiking, games, crafts, and other activities that focus on the week's theme. 

At Yankauer Nature Preserve, a central, open air pavilion provides shade and protection from storms.  There are also composting toilets and running water.  The preserve is about 104 acres of woods.

At the Peter Burr Farm, there is a barn with a dirt floor for activities and large grassy areas for games. There are flush toilets and running water.  The farm is about 2 acres.

Stauffer's Marsh is primitive! There are tents for shade and a portable toilet.  Drinking water is brought in each day.  The preserve is about 30 acres and features woods and a marsh.

Camp T-Shirts

If your camper wishes a camp t-shirt, they are available to purchase online when you register for $10.  They are available on the first day of camp.  Shirt orders must be received by May 30 to guarantee they are available.  We use Gildan 100% cotton shirts that have minimal shrinkage.  They are available in both youth and adult sizes. Sizes are generally true to size. 

Youth X-Small: 4-6     Youth Small: 6-8     Youth Medium:  8-10     Youth Large:  10-12

Adult Small (34-36)   Adult Medium (38-40)      Adult Large (42-44)       Adult XL (46-48)

What to Bring to Camp

Most campers bring everything in a day pack.  Make sure your name is on everything!
  • Old clothes  -- campers will get dirty!
  • Refillable water bottle! 
  • Bug spray/lotion.  Ticks are very common at all sites, so this is highly recommended.  (Those that use DEET are most effective.  DEET is not recommended for infants or toddlers.)  Please be aware that the mosquito that carries the Zika virus is not thought to live in this area although it can be found in warmer, more tropical parts of the US.
  • Sunscreen.   
  • A Morning Snack, Lunch, Drink (non-caffeinated)                                      
  • Rain jacket or poncho if rain is forecast.  Our programs go on rain or shine!
  • Hiking or sturdy shoes (closed toes are best)
  • Hats or ball caps can help.
  • Long pants will protect knees, but it is hot at camp, so lightweight ones are preferred.
  • Please DO NOT bring: 
    iPods, MP3 players, etc, or any electronics/electronic games, Card games (such as Magic, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, etc.), Cell Phones (we have a cell phone for emergencies), Pocket knives, Anything valuable that you do not want to risk being lost or damaged.

Directions to Camp

Yankauer Nature Preserve:

From Martinsburg:  Go north on Rt. 11. One mile past the Berkeley Plaza, turn right on Berkeley Station Rd. Go 6.3 miles (after 3 miles the road becomes Scrabble Rd.) then turn left on Whiting’s Neck Road.  You will see a Wildlife Viewing sign at the turn.  The Preserve is ½  mile on the right.

From I-81: Take Exit 16E  and follow Edwin Miller Blvd. to Rt. 11. Turn left (north) on Rt. 11, and follow the directions above. 

From Moler Avenue (Route 45 East): Follow Moler Avenue east toward Shepherdstown.  It will become Shepherdstown Rd.  Turn left onto Greensburg Rd (turning right every time there is a stop sign.)  Turn right onto Scrabble Rd and continue ½ mile.  Turn left onto Whiting’s Neck Road.  The Preserve is ½ mile on the right.

From Shepherdstown: From the 4-way stop at Route 45 and 480, take 480 N towards Sharpsburg, MD. Turn left on to Shepherd Grade Rd (opposite the Shepherd University stadium).  Drive 1.7 miles and bear left onto Scrabble Rd.  Continue on Scrabble Rd.  At one point, the road makes a sharp left.  Continue to Whiting’s Neck Road. You will see a Wildlife Viewing sign at the turn.  The Preserve is .5 miles on the right.

Peter Burr Farm:

From Charles Town: Take Route 9 West toward Martinsburg.  Exit at Wiltshire Rd and turn right.  At the stoplight, turn right.  Turn left onto E Burr Blvd.  Follow this road to the end and into the parking lot.  Turn right and continue through the parking lot onto the grass parking area.  The farm site is straight ahead.

 From Martinsburg: Take Route 9 East toward Charles Town.  Exit at Wiltshire Rd and turn left.  At the stoplight, turn right.  Turn left onto E Burr Blvd.  Follow this road to the end and into the parking lot.  Turn right and continue through the parking lot onto the grass parking area.  The farm site is straight ahead.

Stauffer's Marsh:

If you are using GPS, the parking lot at the north end of the preserve is across from 4069 Back Creek Valley Road, Hedgesville WV.

From Hedgesville and points west: take Route 9 to Back Creek Valley Road (County Route 7) just west of Hedgesville. Follow Back Creek Valley Road south for 10.5 miles to the village of Shanghai. In Shanghai, from the intersection with Hampshire Grade and Tub Run Hollow roads, continue following Back Creek Valley Road south for another one-half mile. The preserve will be on your left, on the east side of the road.

From Martinsburg: Take King Street west over I-81 to Tuscarora Pike (County Route 15). Follow Tuscarora Pike about 10 miles over North Mountain and across Back Creek into Shanghai (it becomes County Route 18 at the intersection with Poor House Road). In Shanghai, turn south onto Back Creek Valley Road and follow it one-half mile to the preserve, on your left, on the east side of the road.

Shepherd University Center for Contemporary Arts:

From Shepherdstown: From the 4-way stop at Route 45 and 480, take 480 N towards Sharpsburg, MD.  Opposite the Shepherd University stadium, turn into the Shepherd campus. There are two curved and modern buildings; the second building is where the photography lab is located.  Parking is across the street from the second CCA, in the lot for Thatcher/Shaw Halls.


          © 2014 Potomac Valley Audubon Society

              P.O. Box 578 • Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
              phone // 304-676-3397

Kristin Alexander, Executive Director
phone // 304-676-3397

Ellen Murphy, Program Director
phone // 304-676-8739

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
phone // 703-303-1026
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