Summer Camps

Summer Like it Should Be!

Kids will get outside, get a little mud on them, make new friends, burn off energy, and (secretly) learn along the way. Audubon's 2019 summer day camps are designed for kids ages 5-18. Campers explore the outdoors, visit the pond, make crafts, observe birds and other wildlife, and, of course, have lots of fun.

New this year: Evening camp at Succop Nature Park. 

We also have a camp for adults--because mom and dad need summer camp, too!

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

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve: 614 Dorseyville Road in Fox Chapel

Succop Nature Park: 185 W. Airport Road in Penn Township, Butler County


Teens 13-18 years old: Audubon-Naturalists-in-Training (ANTS)

Audubon-Naturalists-in-Training (ANTS)

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve – June 20
Succop Nature Park – June 13

Teens ages 13-18. 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 (10am to 2 pm), 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 either training session.

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.

5th - 8th grade: Birdz Camp

Birdz Camp

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve – June 17-21

5th - 8th Grade. 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

5th - 8th grade: Wilderness Skills for Survival Camp

Wilderness Skills for Survival

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve – June 24-28

Succop Nature Park – July 8-12

5th - 8th Grade. 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

3rd - 6th grade: Audubon Trailblazers Camp

Audubon Trailblazers

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve – June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19
Succop Nature Park – July 22-26 (6 pm – 9 pm only)

3rd - 6th Grade. 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. Succop Nature Park Camp is Evening only for one half day session (6 pm – 9 pm).

Beechwood 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

K - 2nd grade: Audubon Explorers Camp

Audubon Explorers

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve – June 24-28,  July 8-12, July 15-19
Succop Nature Park –  July 22-26

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade. 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

Adults! Birding Camp

Birding Camp For Adults

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve – June 17-21

Birding is one of the fastest-growing outdoor activity in America. The primary objective of this camp is for every participant to emerge from the course with a lasting knowledge of and appreciation for birds, particularly the birds of Western Pennsylvania. Campers will develop their birding skills by spending time in the field observing species with one of our expert guides and Master Birder graduates. Included are guest speakers, visits to Todd Nature Reserve, Succop Nature Park, North Park, and a trip to Moraine State Park to look for Bald Eagles, Ospreys and Cliff Swallows. This is an all day camp, from 9 am - 4 pm.

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

Ages 11-17 and Scouts: Merit Badge Camp Sessions

Merit Badge Week Summer Camp

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve – July 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Succop Nature Park – July 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

Want to develop your scouting skills over the summer while earning your Merit Badges? This camp is open to anyone age 11-17, 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 Survival; 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: Environmental Science; all requirements met

Friday: Wilderness Survival; all requirements met except #8 stay overnight in your natural shelter


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