Summer Camps

Get outside this Summer!

Audubon's 2017 summer day camps are designed for kids ages 5-14. Campers explore the outdoors, visit the pond, make crafts, observe birds and other wildlife, and, of course, have lots of fun! Each session is unique—only the fun stays the same! Choose your location, and then join us for one, two or more sessions—you decide!

We want to share nature with everyone, regardless of financial need. Scholarships to our camps are available. Click here for a scholarship application.

ANTS - Teens ages 13-18

Beechwood date: June 15
Succop Nature Park date: June 16

ANTS, Audubon-Naturalists-in-Training, is for teens age 13-18 who love to be outside and work with children. ANTS assist our Outdoor Discovery Camp staff in leading our day camp of nature exploration, trail hikes, games, and crafts for kids ages 5-12. ANTS must attend this 1-day, 4-hour training course, and commit to a total of 30 hours of service during this summer's day camps in June and July. Teens may attend this ANTS training at either SNP or BFNR (you only need one) regardless of which property they choose to serve. Join the ANTS program by signing up for this training session or the session at our other property. Questions and preferences for which camps you want to help with may be directed to Scott, sdetwiler@aswp.org. ANTs training is eligible for scholarships. Session cost is $50.

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade: Audubon Explorers

Beechwood dates: June 26-30,  July 10-14 or July 17-21
Succop Nature Park dates: July 24-28

Jump like a toad, zing like a dragonfly, and sway like a tree! Explore forest, field, and pond for birds and bugs, frogs and foxes. Make nature crafts, play games, and get dirty along the way. Each week features a new and exciting nature theme. Each camp week has a morning (9am-12pm) session and an afternoon (1pm-4pm) session. Get a free bonus hour from 12pm-1pm and chaperoned lunch and recess when you register for a full day. Campers must provide their own lunches. 

Camp cost for members: Half Day $125; Full Day $275
Camp cost for non-members: Half Day $150; Full Day $300

3rd - 6th Grade: Audubon Trailblazers

Beechwood dates: June 26-30, July 10-14 or July 17-21
Succop Nature Park dates: July 24-28

Observe, identify, explore—and make a difference in the world. We will contribute to real-world citizen science by studying butterflies, birds, plants and more. Each week special projects will make our reserves better for plants, animals and people. For kids entering grades 3-6 this fall. Each camp week has a morning (9am-12pm) session and an afternoon (1pm-4pm) session. Get a free bonus hour from 12pm-1pm and chaperoned lunch and recess when you register for a full day. Campers must provide their own lunches. 

Camp cost for members: Half Day $125; Full Day $275
Camp cost for non-members: Half Day $150; Full Day $300

5th - 8th Grade: Wilderness Skills for Survival

Beechwood dates: June 26-30
Succop Nature Park dates: July 17-21

These are the skills you need to know now! Learn to recognize the best plants to use when building proper shelters and fires, then build them! Secure your shelter with knots using natural fibers, and cook over an open fire like a pro. Orient yourself with just nature as your guide. This is an all day camp, from 9 am - 3 pm. Students must provide their own lunches. 

Camp cost for members: $275
Camp cost for non-members: $300

5th - 8th Grade: Birdz

Beechwood dates:  June 19-23 

Birding is cool, fun, and the fastest-growing outdoor activity in America. Campers will develop new skills by spending quality time in the field with the correct equipment and with one of our expert guides. Included are guest speakers, visits to Todd Nature Reserve and North Park, and a trip to Moraine State Park to look for Bald Eagles, Ospreys and Cliff Swallows rounding out the week. Each participant will receive a birding field pack complete with binoculars, field guides, & other materials. This is an all day camp, from 9 am - 3 pm. Students must provide their own lunches. 

Camp cost for members: $275
Camp cost for non-members: $300

6th - 12th Grade: Sustainability Camp

Beechwood dates: July 17-21

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in the environmental field? Do you want to learn more about sustainability and putting environmental projects into action? 

This camp is open to kids going into Middle School and up. Campers will learn about the importance of insects, birds, and native plants to the ecosystem, green infrastructure, while getting to see up close and personal different environmental jobs in the region. This camp runs from 9 AM-3 PM and will involve some travel to local environmental organizations.

Camp cost for members: $275
Camp cost for non-members: $300

Ages 12 - 17: Merit Badge Week Summer Camp

Beechwood dates: July 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

Succop Nature Park dates: July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Want to develop your scouting skills over the summer while earning your Merit Badges? This camp is open to anyone age 12-17, even if you're not a Scout. Topics will include Bird Study, Geocaching (participants must bring a GPS-enabled smart phone or other device), Insect Study, Wilderness Skills, and Environmental Science. Please see MeritBadge.org for details on the material we will cover. Bring a lunch and a blue card. This camp runs from 9AM-3 PM.

You must register for each day independently. You only have to register for the days you want. Cost is $25 per participant, per day.

BEECHWOOD FARMS NATURE RESERVE

Monday: Bird Study; all requirements met

Tuesday: Geocaching (Participants must bring a GPS-enabled smart phone or other device); all requirements met

Wednesday: Insect Study; all requirements met except #9, Raise in insect 

Thursday: Wilderness Skills; all requirements met except #8 stay overnight in your natural shelter

Friday: Environmental Science; all requirements met

SUCCOP NATURE PARK

Monday: Bird Study; all requirements met 

Tuesday: Orienteering; all requirements met except 7, 9, and 10

Wednesday: Soil & Water Conservation; all requirements met

Thursday: Wilderness Skills; all requirements met except #8 stay overnight in your natural shelter

Friday: Environmental Science; all requirements met except #8 stay overnight in your natural shelter