Thanks to everyone who registered for EcoCamp 2018! Camp filled quickly, and there are only a few spots left. If you would like to learn the moment EcoCamp 2019 dates are posted and when registration starts next year, email Krysta at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the EcoCamp Announcement email.
AND for those nervous they will miss 2019 sign up-- there is an "First in Line for EcoCamp sign up" auction item that will be available at our annual fundraiser, Tour, Toast & Taste, being held on June 9, 2018 at a local estate. More info coming soon at http://www.pcacevents.org.
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, games, canoeing, fishing, meeting animals, and birding that take campers on adventures all over Pickering Creek’s 410 acres.
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 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 10-12 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 2018, 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.
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 – 4 pm
Shrikes (5th-7th grade): $180 per camper from 9 am – 4 pm
*Twilight, a single day camp, on July 2nd for Larks and Shrikes: $35 per camper from 5 pm – 10 pm
Registration begins on Thursday, February 1st at 10AM.
Camp spots will be reserved only after a completed registration packet and 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 must be mailed or dropped-off at the office, emailed registration packets can no longer be accepted. Reservations cannot be made over the phone. The programs we offer are very popular and we expect multiple weeks to sell out.
If you choose to drop-off the registration packet, there will be a drop-box in the Welcome Center (at the front of our property) from February 1st to February 11th, after this time, registration packets must be dropped-off at the Pickering Creek Office, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Campers are limited to registering for 3 weeks of EcoCamp. As our camp grows in popularity, we want to be able to reach as many families as possible. Thank you for helping us introduce more kids to nature! Registration will reopen on May 15th as space is available for campers wanting to attend more than 3 weeks of EcoCamp.
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.
At the end of the camp season, parents and guardians will receive a link to pictures taken of their camper’s group. 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 at the end of the camp season so your camper can tour you around Pickering; introduce you to our program animals, fish from our dock, picnic by the water, and canoe along the creek. The date and time will be announced this summer.