Audubon Discovery Camp

Click here for our Audubon Discovery Camp Flyer for 2015!

      Registration for 2016 camps will begin February 1, 2016!
Direct links to register for camp sessions are below.

Camp Sessions

Audubon Discovery Camps for 2015
Prices are higher for new PVAS members, but includes a 1-year family membership.     

Yankauer Nature Preserve (Berkeley County) 
      Peter Burr Farm (Jefferson County)
  • Butterfly...Flutter By  //  July 6-10 • Ages 6–12 • $150 PVAS members
  • Pioneer Adventure!  //  July 13-17 • Ages 6–12 • $150 PVAS members
       Camps for Younger Campers at Yankauer Nature Preserve 
  • Nature Buddies  //  July 6-10 • Ages 5-6 (entering kindergarten or first grade) • $125 per camper   • 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Out of the Nest  // July 20-24 • Ages 3–5 • $50 per first camper / parent team • 9-11:30 a.m.

       Camp Opportunities for Older Campers

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.

Basic Information

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   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.

Scholarships  Camp Scholarships are available. 2015 Scholarship Applications for Audubon Discovery Camps are here. 

Cancellations:  If you have to cancel a camp registration, there is a $50 non-refundable deposit.  PVAS membership fees are also not refunded.  A full refund is given only if a session is cancelled.  

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 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp brochure will be out in January.

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.  (Those that use DEET are most effective.  DEET is not recommended for infants or toddlers.)
  • 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.

          © 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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