Audubon Discovery Camp

 Explore Yankauer Nature Preserve and Cool Spring Preserve at our Audubon Discovery Camp. Several themes are explored each summer, from “Camp Survivor” to “Nature CSI.”  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.

        2018 Camp Sessions will be posted on 
January 2 and registration will open on March 1

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

Camp Fees

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 Amy Moore at  Deposits are 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.


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  

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, of 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 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.

If You Must Cancel Your Registration

If you have to 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. 

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 //

Ellen Murphy,
 Program Specialist //    

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

Bridget Tinsley, Land and Watershed Program Manager // 304-261-6016

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