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.

Click here to see a video about camp!    

2018 Summer Camp Sessions 

All Camps are held Monday through Friday from 9 am - 3 pm (unless noted otherwise)

Click on the session to view information and register! 

 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 AM-1:30 PM)

Conservation Video Camp
This camp has been cancelled.

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 AM-1:30 PM)

July 23-27 Wee Naturalist Camp Session 2
(9:00 AM-11:30 AM)

Wee Naturalist Camp Session 1 (9:00 AM-11:30 AM)


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


Camp Information For Parents 

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.  Camp activities include hiking, games, crafts, and other activities that focus on the week's theme. 

What to Wear to camp

  •  Comfortable clothing that can get dirty
  •    Sunscreen
  •  Bug spray (Ticks are very common at both sites, so this is highly recommended.)
  •  Hats and sunglasses are recommended
  •   Hiking shoes or sneakers, or hiking sandals that are strapped to the foot (Chacos, Tevas, Keens etc.)

What to bring to camp:

  • A refillable/reusable water bottle (We really discourage disposable bottles)
  • A morning snack
  • Lunch (To generate less waste and promote good stewardship, we highly encourage staff and campers to bring a reusable lunch box/bag and lunch containers)
  • Sunscreen and bug spray to reapply throughout the day
  • Rain jacket or poncho if rain is in the forecast
  • A day pack  
*Please label everything with your child’s name

Camp Locations

Yankauer Nature Preserve  is located across the road from 455 Whiting's Neck Road, Martinsburg WV 25404.

At this site 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.

Cool Spring Preserve is located at 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town WV 25414 (about 6 miles southwest of Charles Town.)

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 a stream. The preserve is about 13 acres.

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

Before and After Care

For an additional fee, we offer before and after care at our camps held at Cool Spring Preserve. 

Before care: 8:00 am - 9:00 am $5/day 

After care: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm $10/day

You can sign up for before or after care when you register for a camp session.

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 your 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.

           © 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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