Audubon Discovery Camp
Click here for Our Audubon Discovery Camp Flyer For 2014!
Direct links to register for camp sessions are below.
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.
When is Camp? Camp is typically held from 9am-3pm Monday through Friday, June and July. Registration begins in February, and space is limited. Children are kept in small groups of 8-10 and are led by experienced staff to ensure safety and individual attention.
How Much Does It Cost? 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 Ellen@PotomacAudubon.org. 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.
Scholarships Camp Scholarships are available. More information about scholarships and application forms are here.
Sessions and Waiting Lists
What Sessions Are Offered? To view this year’s brochure to see themes, times, and costs, click on the link at the top of this page. PVAS does reserve the right to cancel programs that are not full.
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.
Information For Parents
Everything Parents Need To Know About Camp is here.
T-Shirt Sizes: We use Gildan 100% cotton shirts that have minimal shrinkage. Sizes are generally true to size for adults and the following for children:
Youth X-Small: 4-6 Youth Small: 6-8 Youth Medium: 8-10 Youth Large: 10-12
What To Bring To Camp: Most campers bring everything in a daypack.
- Old clothes -- campers will get dirty!
- Bug spray/lotion. Ticks are very common at all sites, so this is highly recommended. (Be sure to choose one that is appropriate for children’s tolerance.)
- Sunscreen or hat
- Snack, Lunch, Drink (non-caffeinated)
- Extra water bottle full of water (or two since we have limited water on the campsite!)
- Rain jacket or poncho if rain is forecast. Our programs go on rain or shine!
- Hiking or sturdy shoes (closed toes are best)
- Long pants will protect knees, but it is hot at camp, so they are not recommended.
- 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.
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.
The 2014 Audubon Discovery Camp brochure is here!
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Camps for Younger Campers at Yankauer Nature Preserve
Audubon Discovery Camps for 2014
Prices are higher for non-PVAS members, but includes a 1-year family membership.
If you are paying fees by check, send it to
Audubon Discovery Camp, PO Box 578, Shepherdstown WV 25443
- Out of the Nest // June 2-6 • Ages 3–5 • $50 per first camper / parent team • 9-11:30 a.m.
- Nature Buddies // July 7-11 • Ages 5-6 (entering kindergarten or first grade) • $125 per camper • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Camp Opportunities for Older Campers