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.
Registration began on Monday, March 18, 2019. Register Here
This year, we are going completely online! You will register, pay tuition, and complete your camper’s health records online. At 10:00 am on Monday, March 18, 2019 there will be a link posted here – follow the link to register your camper for EcoCamp 2019.
Camp spots will be reserved only after a camper profile is created and a non-refundable deposit is paid. You can now pay with debit or credit – if you need another payment option, email Susanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 410-822-4903. There is a $80 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit due for each camper, each week. The remaining cost of a camp week is due 2 weeks before the start of that camp week. We no longer offer multi-week discounts.
Reservations cannot be made over the phone. The programs we offer are very popular and we expect multiple weeks to sell out.
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 for campers wanting to attend more than 3 weeks of EcoCamp.
Information about our new Online Registration System
This summer, we are partnering with CampDoc.com to better serve our camp families. CampDoc.com offers online registration and an electronic health record system for camps. You can now register your camper and complete their health information all in one place.
The security and privacy of your camper's health information is important to us. The CampDoc.com site is secure, encrypted, and password protected. Only Pickering Creek Audubon Center staff will have access to camper health information.
Once you sign up for a CampDoc.com account, you will be able to register your camper and make payments online. Afterwards, you will receive more information on how to complete your camper’s health profile.
CampDoc.com sends out periodic reminder emails for outstanding balances and incomplete health information. These notifications will come from campdoc.com, so please add this to your safe sender list to avoid accidental delivery to junk and spam folders. We don’t want you to miss important notices about EcoCamp!
Please note that CampDoc.com supports the current and previous major releases of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari which provide improved security and performance for health information.
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 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 2019, 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): $205 per camper from 9 am – 2 pm or $225 per camper from 9 am – 4 pm
Larks (2nd-4th grade): $225 per camper from 9 am – 4 pm
Shrikes (5th-7th grade): $225 per camper from 9 am – 4 pm
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 and will only cover a portion of EcoCamp tuition. If you would like a scholarship application, email Susanna at email@example.com
We offer transportation Monday – Friday during the following weeks: June 24-28 (Fledglings & Larks), July 15-19 (Larks & Shrikes), and July 29-August 2 (Fledglings, Larks & Shrikes). Transportation is available from Easton to EcoCamp each morning and afternoon (4 pm). If you choose to end the camp day at 2 pm instead of 4 pm, you will need to pick your camper up from Pickering Creek.
Transportation is $20 per camper, per week. If you no longer need camp transportation or you cancel your camp reservation, funds will be refunded through May 31st, 2019.
Van space is limited. A spot can be reserved when you complete the registration 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.