Camp Information For Parents

During the the camping season: 

Cool Spring phone is 240-818-4714.  

Yankauer phone is 813-833-7105.

Before and After Care at Cool Spring Preserve Camps

Childcare is provided for camp sessions at Cool Spring Preserve from 7:30-9:00 a.m. and 3:00-5:30 p.m. each day.  Cost is $25 per child per week for morning care and $50 per child per week for afternoon care.   (Not available at Yankauer Preserve.)

If You Must Cancel Your Registration

If you must 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 Cool Spring Preserve, there is a building with flush toilets and running water, a barn that will be used for some activities, wooded and open areas, and Bullskin Run. There are flush toilets and running water.  The preserve is about 13 acres.

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 15 to guarantee they are available.  We generally use 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: 2-4     Youth Small: 6-8     Youth Medium:  10-12     Youth Large:  14-16

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!  Most campers wear t-shirts and shorts.
  • 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 mosquitoes and ticks are present at both nature preserves, so bug spray is important at all times.
  • Sunscreen.   (The lotion kind that is rubbed on is most effective.)
  • 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  is located 
across the road from 455 Whiting's Neck Road, Martinsburg WV 25404.

at 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town WV 25414 (about 6 miles southwest of Charles Town.)

Complete directions to both sites can be found by clicking on the blue links.

Shepherd University Center for Contemporary Arts Building I:    Opposite the Shepherd University stadium (before you cross the Potomac River), turn left into the Shepherd campus. The CCA buildings are two curved and modern structures; the second building is  where the photography lab is located.  Parking is across the street in several large lots. 


           © 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 
Kristin@potomacaudubon.org

Kimberly Baldwin, Program Director //
Kimberly@potomacaudubon.org

Ellen Murphy,
 Program Specialist //    
304-676-8739 
Ellen@potomacaudubon.org

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
// 703-303-1026
AdultPrograms@PotomacAudubon.org

Bridget Tinsley, Land and Watershed Program Manager // 304-261-6016
Bridget@PotomacAudubon.org

Amy Moore, Cool Spring Preserve Manager and Naturalist // 240-818-4714
Amy@PotomacAudubon.org
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