Explore your world at Audubon Discovery Camp!
Each of our camp sessions 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.
Your child will be placed in an age appropriate group of no more than ten campers each led by a Lead Counselor and a Counselor in Training. An onsite camp director will also be present to oversee camp and ensure a safe and happy camp environment.
Camper safety is the first priority. Staff are trained in first aid and CPR prior to the start of camp.
*Information about safety, what to bring, and our cancellation policy is posted at bottom of page.*
We want all children to have a chance to come to camp no matter their financial circumstances . Scholarships to attend camp are available for families with financial need and qualify for the Federal Free/Reduced School Lunch Program. Click here to see if you qualify for this program. Download our Camp Scholarship Application here.
Do not register for camp if you are applying for a scholarship. PVAS will notify you by May 16 to inform you if you have received the scholarship, the scholarship amount and provide you with a link to a registration form for scholarship recipients. Spaces are held in each of our camps for scholarship recipients so that sessions will not be fill up before you receive your scholarship.
If you would like to help sponsor a child to attend camp, there is an option to donate on the registration form.
April 21, 2021: UPDATE
Most of our camps are now full; however, it is possible that we will open up a few more spaces if there are any cancelations. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for any camp sessions email your request to Amy at Amy@potomacaudubon.org.
Camp Pricing: $160 PVAS members / $180 general public (become a member)
Camp Hours: Monday-Friday • 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
ANIMAL OLYMPICS (entering grades 1-6 )
Come join us for all the fun as we learn about nature’s speedy sprinters, fast flappers and long leapers! Test your skills against some of nature’s top athletes. Are you as strong as an ant or as fast as a deer? Are you as sneaky and sly as a fox? Can you build as well as a beaver? See how you’ll compare during a week of friendly games and challenges.
- Session 1: June 21-25 @ Cool Spring Preserve
- Session 2: July 19- July 23 @ Yankauer Nature Preserve
CAMP SURVIVOR (entering grades 1-6 )
Could you survive if you were lost in the wilderness? We’ll have a blast building shelters, fires, and tools and learning how to purify water. We will also learn how to find food in the wild, use a compass, and tie knots. Through challenges that will test your mind, body and teamwork skills, you will truly know by the end of week if you have what it takes to be a SURVIVOR!
- Session 1: June 14-18 @ Yankauer Nature Preserve
- Session 2: June 28- July 2 @ Cool Spring Preserve
- Session 3: July 26- 30 @ Yankauer Nature Preserve
EARTH ART (entering grades 1-6)
Using nature as inspiration, this week you’ll create artistic masterpieces! We’ll collect our own natural clay to create sculptures, make leaf hammered bandanas, create your own paint and paint brushes from nature. On Friday, parents are invited to see the campers’ final creations at an art exposition!
- Session 1: July 5-9 @ Yankauer Nature Preserve
- Session 2: July 26 – 30 @ Cool Spring Preserve
MUCK MONSTERS (entering grades 1-6)
Get ready to get your boots dirty during this fun-packed week! Muck through the mud, slosh through the stream, and march through the meadow. You’ll make mud pies, catch critters in the creek, and of course…get wet!
- Session 1: June 14 – 18 @ Cool Spring Preserve
- Session 2: July 19-23 @ Cool Spring Preserve
$160 members / $180 non-members
SENSATIONAL SENSES (entering grades K-3)
Eyes like a hawk, a nose like a fox… all animals have their own special sensory super powers, and so do you! This week, we will spend each day focusing on one of our five main senses, and use those senses to explore the natural world around us. We’ll look high in the sky, down in the dirt, taste wild plants and put our super sniffers to work. It’s amazing what you can learn when you use your powers of observation!
- Session 1: June 28 – July 2 @ Yankauer Nature Preserve
- Session 2: July 12-16 @ Cool Spring Preserve
UNSOLVED MYSTERIES (entering grades 1-6)
Join us as we uncover the mysteries of the forest. We’ll peek under logs, hunt for animal tracks and scat, examine bones and skulls, and investigate the signs that animals leave behind. There’s plenty of time for games and building your fort in the woods!
- Session 1: June 7-11 @ Yankauer Nature Preserve
- Session 2: July 5-9 @ Cool Spring Preserve
- Session 3: July 12-16 @ Yankauer Nature Preserve
WILD AND WONDERFUL (entering grades 1-6)
Embrace your wild side as you explore the wild and wonderful animals and plants from here in West Virginia (and some from farther away). You’ll even get the chance to meet some animals up close and personal. From the top to the bottom of the food chain, we’ll explore everything from predators and prey to parasites and plants.
- Session 1: June 7-11 @ Cool Spring Preserve
- Session 2: June 21-25 @ Yankauer Nature Preserve
STREAM INVESTIGATORS (entering grades 6-8)
Who lives in the water at Cool Spring Preserve? What about the pond? Bring out your inner scientist as we sample Bull Skin Run and Muskrat Pond to see what aquatic critters and fish live there. We will also conduct fun chemical tests to determine if the water is clean enough to support aquatic life.
July 5 – 9 @ Cool Spring Preserve
Monday-Friday • 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
$160 PVAS members / $180 general public (become a member)
COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (entering grades 7-12)
Enjoy working with children? Attend a training to learn about leadership and techniques for engaging and working with children. Then volunteer for one to two weeks of camp and assist counselors in camp games and activities!
Training date: Saturday, June 5 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- You will choose the weeks for which you want to volunteer on the registration form.
- You will receive a free camp T-shirt
$50 per camper
We will adhere to all West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources as well as the Center for Disease Control COVID safety recommendations.
At this time, we are following health official recommendations and requiring campers and instructors to wear masks at camp when social distancing cannot be maintained and when they enter a building to use the bathroom. Children will be notified when masks can be removed for activities such as working independently, eating and mask breaks.
Please note that this policy may change as health recommendations change over the months leading up to camp.
To maximize safety we will:
- Limit sharing of materials and supplies
- Lend assigned supplies and equipment such as nets, magnifying glasses, binoculars to each participant for the entirety of the program
- Promote healthy hygiene practices
- Conduct health screening of staff and camp participants upon daily arrival
- Intensify cleaning, disinfection of shared supplies
- Promote physical distancing of at least 6 feet between staff and participants
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces multiple times daily.
- Disinfect bathroom after every use
- Only allow participants to enter inside facility space for restroom use and thorough handwashing
- Provide an experience that is entirely outdoors
Furthermore, PVAS will adhere to the following Daily Arrival Screening
- The temperature of each participant will be taken. Participants with a temperature of 100.4° or higher will not be allowed to attend.
- In order to attend, participants must be able to answer “Yes” to all of the following statements:
- Neither the participant nor anyone in the participant’s household have had a fever (temperature of 100.4° or higher) within the past 72 hours.
- Neither the participant nor anyone in the participant’s household have had symptoms of COVID-19, such as shortness of breath or persistent dry cough, within the past 72 hours.
- The participant has not been exposed to anyone that has symptoms of COVID-19 in the 72 hours.
- The participant has not taken any fever reducing medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen in the past 24 hours.
- The participant is free of symptoms of other communicable illnesses, and is healthy enough to engage in program activities.
- Comfortable clothing that can get dirty
- 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 (i.e. Chacos, Tevas, Keens, etc.)
- A refillable/reusable water bottle/s filled for daily needs
- Sunscreen and bug spray to reapply throughout the day
- Rain jacket or poncho if rain is in the forecast
- A day pack (for parent to carry supplies such as bug boxes, bandanas)
- A bandana (1 per participant)
- An individual hand towel for drying hands
Cool Spring Camps only:
We plan on exploring the creek, so we recommend bringing a bathing suit, small towel, and extra clothes/shoes that can get wet.
If you have these items, please bring as well:
- Magnifying glasses
- Insect nets
- Bug boxes
- Pocket knives (parent discretion and held by parent or guardian until needed for an activity)
We understand that it is difficult to plan your summer with so many uncertainties due to COVID-19. Thus, we have made some changes to our cancellation policy. Our updated cancellation policy is as follows:
PVAS will notify camp families if we decide to cancel any camp sessions. If we cancel a camp session, 100% of your payment will be refunded.
For cancellation requests by registrants, our non-refundable registration fee has been dropped to $25. In addition, you can now cancel up to one week before the start of a camp session to receive your full refund minus the non-refundable registration fee.
Have questions about camp?
Call 681-252-1387 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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