Ecology Day Camp's full-day program runs wild around the forests, brooks, and ponds of the Green Mountain Audubon Center. Each week of camp focuses on a different theme, but all campers will get a chance to search for wildlife, make crafts, go on hikes, and hone their nature awareness skills while exploring the most magical places at Audubon.
View the 2021 brochure (coming soon).
Looking for camps for someone younger? View Preschool Nature Camp.
On this page for Ecology Day Camp:
- Camp Structure
- 2021 Camp Calendar + Program Descriptions
- Camp Fees, Scholarship Information, and Ways to Save
- Camp Details
Age Range: 6-11 years (each session open to specific ages). For those camps of mixed ages, we spend parts of our day together and parts in smaller age-specific trail groups.
Time: These are full day camps from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
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2021 Ecology Camp Calendar & Fees
|2021 Dates||Camp Theme & Description||Ages||Fee*|
|June 21-25||Hootin' & Howlin'. Coyotes and owls are the tricksters of the animal world, hiding in the shadows, sniffing out secrets, and gliding through the forest. Join our pack, master your camouflage, sharpen your eyes, and build a secret camp in a week of stealthy adventure!||6-11||$275||Open|
|June 28-July 2||Wilderness Skills. Safely make fires, learn to use a compass, build a shelter and more! We will build and practice our backcountry survival skills, then put them to the test while we explore the grounds at the Audubon Center.||6-11||$275||Open|
|July 6-9 (no camp 7/5)||Mud Boot Naturalist. Scientists, get ready! Experiment, explore, and become a wild scientist while turning nature into your laboratory. Discover the slimy, wiggly, and muddy secrets of Audubon from forest to field to swamp.||6-11||$240||Open|
|July 12-16||Extreme Earth Artists. Spend a week in the wild world of earth art! Make rock and mud sculptures, paint with natural dyes, and craft from plants. Create music, dance, and games in a week of connections between nature and art.||6-11||$275||Open|
|July 19-23||Pixies & Potions. Audubon is a magical place to discover nature’s most mysterious plants and animals. From poison ivy to plantain, we’ll learn to tell hazard from helper. We’ll have lots of time for foraging, making magical concoctions, and building fairy houses too!||6-11||$275||Open|
|July 26-30||Bird Bonanza. This week we will get out with our binoculars to explore Audubon's forests, fields, and ponds in search of our avian neighbors. The bird revelry will also include games, crafts, and bird songs to celebrate what makes a bird a bird and what makes them fascinating to us. Get ready to party it up!||6-11||$275||Open|
|August 2-6||Aquatic Adventures. Dive into all things wet and wonderful! Cool off on a summer's day engineering dams and boats at the pond, river, and brook. Discover the creatures that live below the surface and find your place in the watershed during this week of watery worlds.||6-11||$275||Open|
|August 9-13||All Out Audubon. Get ready to go all out for our final week of Audubon Ecology Day Camp! This week of camp will cover all the classic Audubon activities and more! We will build forts, fires, explore the Huntington River, build a raft, preform science experiments, and connect with our natural world!||6-11||$275||Open|
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We have scholarships available. To apply, please download the Scholarship Application and return to the Summer Camp Director BEFORE YOU REGISTER and as soon as possible. We try to give out as many partial scholarships as possible to make sure that everyone has access to the outdoors.
- Our payment and cancellation policy has changed to the following:
- Final payments are required four weeks prior to the start of the camp session.
- If Audubon cancels a camp we will provide refunds of payment above the non-refundable deposit, or you will have the opportunity to donate your funds.
- If you need to cancel, please submit a cancellation request through CampDoc . We will refund you as follows:
- Cancellations made within 30 days of the first day of the program will receive a full refund less a $30 administrative fee.
- Cancellations made within 2 weeks of the first day of the program will receive a 40% refund.
- Cancellations made 1 week before camp will receive a 20% refund.
Ecology Camp Details
- A gear list will be emailed to the email address we have on file. You can view the welcome letter details at https://www.facebook.com/GreenMountainAudubonCenter/
- A note on age. If your child is on the cusp of an age range, feel free to give us a call to let us know if you want them in an older camp or a younger camp. We are usually okay with whatever parents think is best. Speak to either our Summer Camp Director or Assistant Director for more information and to make these changes in registration.
- What does a typical day at camp look like? Our camp week will be filled with games, hikes, crafts, stories, sit spots, and lots of exploration and play. Here is an example of a day at camp:
9:00 – Sign-in at the Clubhouse and welcome activity
9:20 – Opening circle and game
10:00 – Snack
10:15 – Morning activity block: We will split into groups to study the land, play games, or see if we can build a shelter that keeps us dry in the rain
Noon – Lunch and quiet activity option (ex: nature journaling)
12:45 – Time to blow off some steam! Choice of active game or something quieter
1:00 – Afternoon activity block: Something different each day, based on camper interests and what nature has to offer us. We might build rafts or learn how to tie knots.
2:00 — Snack
3:30 – Back to Clubhouse for closing circle and to share stories from the afternoon
4:00 – Pick-up time
Open House. On Fridays, we will host a closing circle beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friends and family members are invited to join us. This gives your camper(s) the opportunity to share their experience at camp with you. We strongly encourage you to participate in this closing event. Please note that this is the same time but a different location than our closing circle for Ecology Day Camp. You are welcome to bring your preschooler down to ecology camp for the closing circle with them or vice versa.
To REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMP:
- We are moving to a new camp registration system, Camp Doc. They have excellent user guides to help you navigate this new system.
- Apply for scholarships before using the online portal.
- Go here: link will be available when registration opens
- Apply and pay online. Please enter information as accurately as possible as this is how we will contact you in the future.
- Your registration is not complete until you have submitted your camper release form—which requires a doctor’s signature. Your child will not be able to participate without this on file. The form is available in the CampDoc registration portal.
Your health form must be in by June 1st.