EcoCamp

Give your child the gift of nature with a week of EcoCamp at Pickering Creek Audubon Center. EcoCamp provides children with the freedom to explore and experience the outdoors in a safe and fun environment. EcoCamp encourages curiosity, exploration, and investigation that can lead to a greater understanding of the natural world and a lifelong appreciation for our environment. Each day is filled with fun activities like swimming, ponding, marsh mucking, hiking, crafts, nature-themed games, canoeing, fishing, meeting animals, and birding that take campers on adventures all over Pickering Creek’s 400 acres.

EcoCamp 2017 Offerings Click the appropriate age group to learn about this summer’s EcoCamp weeks.

Fledglings  campers entering K-1st grade in fall 2017


Larks  campers entering 2nd-4th grade in fall 2017
Shrikes  campers entering 5th-7th grade in fall 2017

Staff
Our dedicated staff is experienced in teaching and is safety-certified and science educated. They transform our successful school programming into fun, hands-on summer activities that keep your camper learning throughout the summer. Our staff gets many helping hands each week from our volunteer Junior Naturalists; these teens have graduated from EcoCamp into our yearlong nature-enthusiast club and bring a variety of experience and fun ideas.

Group Sizes and Ages
Each group of 12 campers is led by one Camp Counselor with help from 2 to 3 Junior Naturalists. Camp groups are arranged by grade. Fledglings are campers entering K-1st grade in Fall 2017, Larks are entering 2nd-4th grade, and Shrikes are entering 5th-7th grade.

Camp Hours and Length
Each camp lasts one week, Monday – Friday. Fledgling camps go from 9 am to 2 pm or 4 pm. Lark and Shrike camps go from 9 am to 4 pm.

Cost


Fledglings (K-1st grade):  $130 per camper from 9 am – 2 pm or $180 per camper from 9 am – 4 pm Larks (2nd-4th grade):  $180 per camper from 9 am – 2pm Shrikes (5th-7th grade):  $180 per camper from 9 am – 2 pm

Single Day Camp for Larks and Shrikes (July 6):  $50 per camper

We offer a discount for multiple weeks/campers. Please refer to the registration materiales for details.

Registration
Registration starts Wednesday, February 1st. The 2017 EcoCamp Registration packet and Scholarship application will be posted to this page on February 1st.

Camp spots will be reserved only after a completed registration packet with a non-refundable deposit is received. Registration packets must be completed in full; sending only the first page of the registration packet will not reserve your spot.

Registration packets and deposits can be mailed or dropped-off at the office or, faxed or emailed along with a photocopy of the deposit. Reservations cannot be made over the phone. The programs we offer are very popular and we expect multiple weeks to sell out quickly.

Scholarships
Scholarships are available for students in need to attend this year’s EcoCamp thanks to a generous grant from Wild Birds Unlimited, the National Fish and Wildlife Federation, and charitable donations from community members like you. Scholarships do not include the non-refundable deposit. Review the scholarship application on February 1st for more information.

EcoCamp Perks
At the end of each camp, parents and guardians will receive a link to pictures taken of their camper’s group throughout the week. Your camper can use the pictures to talk more about all the fun things they did at EcoCamp. Then, come out with the entire family for our Family Camp Evening on Friday, July 21st from 4 pm to 7 pm so your camper may tour you around Pickering; introduce you to our program animals, fish from our dock, picnic by the water, and canoe along the creek.