Audubon Discovery Camp

Registration is open!

Explore Yankauer Nature Preserve and Cool Spring Preserve at our Audubon Discovery Camp.   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.

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2018 Summer Camp Sessions     

 Dates  Cool Spring
 Yankaur Nature
 Pre-Teen Camps  Teen Camps
June 11-15 Camp Survivor Session 1
Nature Explorers Session 1 
Amazing Animals Session 1
June 18-22 Nature Sleuths Session 1
Nature Art Camp Session 1
Outdoor Adventure Session 1
Nature Photo Camp
June 25-29  Nature Art Camp Session 2

Camp Survivor Session 2

Nature Explorers Session 2 (9:00-1:30)

Conservation Video Camp

July 2-6

No camp July 4

Water Week
Nature Sleuths Session 2 
 July 9-13 Amazing Animals Session 2

Native Ways Session 1

Outdoor Adventure Session 2  
July 16-20 Native Ways Session 2

Camp Survivor Session 3 

Nature Explorers Session 3 (9:00-1:30)

July 23-27 Wee Naturalist Camp Session 2

Wee Naturalist Camp Session 1


 Junior Staff --- Attend a training on Saturday, June 9, then, work as a junior staff member for one or two weeks of camp.

All Camps are held Monday through Friday

Before and after care is available at Cool Spring camps only

Before care: 8:00 am - 9:00 am $5/day -- After care: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm $10/day

Native Ways

How did the native people of West Virginia live hundreds of years ago? Spend the week living just as they did! We’ll weave baskets with cattails, paint with berry ink, and make our own pouches.  Make a shelter for your tribe in the woods and prepare some of your own food by using native plants on the preserve! 

Session 1: July 9-13 - Register (Yankauer Nature Preserve)

Session 2: July 16-20 - Register (Cool Spring Preserve)

$160 members / $180 non-members

Water Week

Get ready to get wet because this week is all about water! We’ll spend some time in Bull Skin Run, searching for creek critters, building and racing mini rafts, testing the water quality and more! We’ll also plant a rain garden to catch rainwater, design and test our own water filters, and even build water balloon slingshots out of natural materials!

July 2-6 (no camp on the 4th) - Register (Cool Spring Preserve)

$130 members / $150 non-members

Nature Art Camp

This camp is for art lovers of all kinds! We’ll create nature sculptures, weave on looms, and create nature crafts! We’ll also dabble in nature journaling, create our own homemade instruments and form a nature band! For those with a dramatic flare, we will write and perform an animal puppet show! On Friday, parents are invited to see the campers’ final creations!

Session 1: June 18- 22 - Register (Yankauer Nature Preserve)

Session 2: June 25-29 - Register (Cool Spring Preserve)

$160 members / $180 non-members

Nature Sleuths

As nature investigators, we will discover animal “crime” scenes and get to work digging up animal skeletons so we can determine “who rotted here!” We’ll learn about fossils, archeology, and animal tracking and even dissect owl pellets!

Session 1: June 18-22 - Register (Cool Spring Preserve)

$160 members / $180 non-members

Session 2: July 2-6 (no camp on the 4th) - Register (Yankauer Nature Preserve)

$130 members / $150 non-members

Amazing Animals

Each day we’ll explore a different type of animal. Spend a day searching for insects in the creek and meadow, go birding, learn how to track mammals and explore their skulls and bones.  Games, crafts, forts, and hikes will round out the week!

Session 1: June 11-15 - Register (Yankauer Nature Preserve)

Session 2: July 9-13 - Register (Cool Spring Preserve)

$160 members / $180 non-members

Camp Survivor (Note: Special camp for grades 2-5)

Could you survive if you were lost in the wilderness? We’ll have a blast building shelters, fires, and tools and learning how to purify water, find food in the wild, use a compass, and tie knots. Through challenges that will test your mind, body and teamwork skills, you will truly know by the end of week if you have what it takes to be a SURVIVOR!

Session 1: June 11-15 - Register (Cool Spring Preserve)

Session 2: June 25-29 - Register (Yankauer Nature Preserve)

Session 3: July 16-20 - Register (Yankauer Nature Preserve)

$160 members / $180 non-members

Camps for Younger Campers

Wee Naturalist Camp (Ages 3-5, accompanied by a parent/guardian)

Explore the natural world with your child. We’ll keep you moving with a variety of activities including circle time, short hikes, nature crafts, hands-on nature exploration, stories and imaginative play.  Every day covers a different nature theme! 

Session 1: July 23-27 - Register (Yankauer Nature Preserve)

Session 2: July 23-27 - Register (Cool Spring Preserve)

$60 members / $70 non-members

Nature Explorers (Entering Kindergarten and 1st grade)

This session is designed for adventurous children who are ready to come to camp on their own without a parent. We will explore a variety of nature topics through hikes, nature crafts, hands-on nature exploration, stories, imaginative play and fort building.

Session 1: June 11-15 - Register  (Cool Spring Preserve)

Session 2: June 25-29 - Register  (Yankauer Nature Preserve)

Session 3: July 16- 20 - Register (Yankauer Nature Preserve)

$100 members/ $120 non-members     

Camps for Middle Schoolers

Entering grades 6-8

Outdoor Adventure Camps!

Session 1:

With Cool Spring Preserve as our home base, each day is a different adventure! We’ll practice archery and survival skills at Cool Spring Preserve, and spend three days at FLOC Outdoor Education Center, team building on the high ropes course, canoeing and learning about forest ecology. For one night, we will be tent camping and cooking over a campfire at FLOC. 

June 18-22  - Register - ($250 members / $270 non-members)

Session: 2

With Yankauer Nature Preserve as our home base, we’ll embark on a different adventure each day! Go caving, practice archery and survival skills, conduct a stream study on the Potomac
 River, bike on the C&O Canal and learn to orienteer so you can create your own compass scavenger hunt! Campers will need to be dropped off at nearby alternate locations for 2 days of camp.

July 9-13 - Register - (200 members / $ 220 non-members)

Camps for High Schoolers

Entering grades 9-12

Monday – Friday   9 am – 4 pm 

Nature Photo Camp

Learn how to take the BEST digital photos whether you are new to photography or already know the basics. For most of the week, you’ll be outside taking pictures using a Nikon 35mm digital SLR camera that is provided for camp use, but time will also be spent indoors editing your photos. On Friday, enjoy a public display of camp participant photos.

June 18-22 - Register  (Shepherd University Campus)

$220 members/ $240 non-members

Conservation Video Camp

Learn the art and technique of making videos about conservation and the environment. Tools, supplies, instruction, and field experience will be provided so each participant can create a short conservation-themed movie. No experience required. Videographers will use i-pad and i-movie software, which is provided for the week if not owned by the camper. This camp is co-Sponsored by the American Conservation Film Festival and PVAS in partnership with Shepherd University. This week will finish with a reception and screening of the campers’ films.

June 25-29 - Register (Shepherd University Campus)

$250 members / $270 non-members

Junior Staff

Attend a training to learn about leadership, techniques for engaging and working with children and learn how to assist with camp games and activities. Then, work as a junior staff member for one or two weeks of camp which you will select at time of registration.

Training: Saturday, June 9:  9 am – 1 pm  

$40 members/ $60 non-members (includes T-shirt)


See our camp sessions from 2017:  Audubon Discovery Camp brochure for 2017!


Camp Financial Assistance is available and we are eager to help your child attend camp! The 2018 Financial Assistance forms for Audubon Discovery Camps and overnight camps are due in early April.  The forms are simple, but we ask your camper to write a short statement about why they would like to attend camp and we require a letter of reference from a teacher or family friend. For more information about Camp financial assistance  

Financial Assistance Forms for Audubon Discovery Camps and overnight camps can be downloaded.

How To Register

Registration is available from  March – July. Sessions tend to book early, so early registration is recommended! To receive an e-mail reminder when registration is open, or if you would like to register for a camp session by mail, contact camp director Amy Moore or call her at 240-818-4714.

Waiting Lists 

When camp sessions fill, we offer waiting lists for each session.  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 must cancel this registration, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer your spot to another family. For all cancelations, the $50 registration fee is non-refundable. In addition, for cancelations made less than two weeks before the start of a camp session, no amount of the payment will be refunded.

Camp Counselor Positions

Information about how to apply to be a summer camp counselor can be found here: Positions With PVAS


           © 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society

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

Yankauer Nature Preserve (Berkeley County)
Eidolon Nature Preserve (Morgan County)
Stauffer's Marsh (Berkeley County)
Cool Spring Nature Preserve (Jefferson County)

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

Kimberly Baldwin, Program Director //

Katelyn "KC" Walters, Conservation and Land Manager // 304-283-7319

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

Amy Moore, Cool Spring Preserve Manager and Naturalist // 240-818-4714
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