Programs

Family Camp

A unique opportunity for families to enjoy nature together

Session ONE: August 6-11 
Session Full - Waitlist Sign-up
Session TWO: August 13 to 18 
Session Full - Waitlist Sign-up
Both sessions are 8 years old to 13 years old (must meet age requirements during camp week) 

The Audubon Family Camp provides a unique opportunity for families to enjoy nature together. The pristine environment on Hog Island offers a wide variety of habitats for nature study. Campers cruise Muscongus Bay in search of seabirds and seals. They examine aquatic insects and amphibians in a freshwater pond, look for mushrooms and wildflowers in the forest, and search for fish and marine invertebrates along the intertidal zone. Evening programs include night hikes and stargazing. Each day begins with an optional early morning bird walk and ends with a family campfire program filled with songs, stories, and skits. 

"I learned so much I might burst. Most of all, I learned that, even though there is a lot wrong with the world, there are some good things."

The camp is designed for families with children ages 8-13 years old (children must be in this age range at time of camp). A family unit includes at least one child and one adult. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles are welcome. August is an ideal time to enjoy the natural world in mid-coast Maine. Fall migration is beginning, the salt marshes are changing colors, bioluminescence sparkles through the salt water, and the northern lights might be dancing across the sky. Experience an educational family vacation you will never forget.

"I have to say this is the best thing I could have possibly done with my summer." 

Prices include meals, housing, instruction and all boat trips. Participants must arrange transportation to and from the Audubon dock in Bremen at the start and end of the session (see directions page). Scholarships are availalble. Also check with your local Audubon chapter or bird club.

$1095 adult in twin bed in a shared rooms (doubles, triples, 4 and 5-person rooms available. Please let us know if your child is not okay sleeping in a bunkbed.)
$795 per child accompanied by one or more adults, room shared with adult
Rooms with private bathrooms are availabe at a increase in cost.  Please call to inquire about this option at 843-340-8673.

Quotes from former campers (from camp evaluations)

"This was the best thing I ever did in my life."

"I don't think you can realize the impact you had on my life. Those two summers confirmed my belief that I want to learn and work to save the environment. You sparked my interest in ecology."

"I love how there are lots of fun and enjoyable activities, and though you learn from them, they aren't like school lessons."

"The counselors were so knowledgeable and they seemed to really enjoy being with us. They helped us learn and feel at home."

"I saw for the first time puffins, eagles, seals, least terns, piping plovers, carnivorous plants, and starfish."

"Keep it this way for the next generation. Show them how to love this world as you have shown me."

Questions: For questions regarding the program, registration, lodging or meals, contact the Audubon Camp registrar at hogisland@audubon.org or (843) 340-8673. Additional information about accommodations can be found on the lodging and frequently asked questions pages.

2017 Directors Session ONE
Craig NewbergerLower School Science CoordinatorGermantown Academy
Trudy Phillips, Environmental Educator

2017 Instructors Session ONE
Deb Lanni, Art Professor, Jamestown Community College
Joe Rozak, Retired Upper School Science Department Chair, Germantown Academy 
Pete Salmansohn, Education Coordinator, Seabird Restoration Program 
Nancy WottrichEnvironmental Educator

2017 Director Session TWO
Ron SmithK-12 Environmental Science Coordinator, Haddonfield School District

2017 Instructors Session TWO
Karen Acton, High School Art Teacher 
Colleen Noyes, Naturalist, Connecticut Audubon Society 
Steve Mason,
 Entomologist and PhD candidate, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Anna Tucker
Rosy Tucker, Rutgers student
Roger Thomas
Paul Overbeck


Guest Lecturer for both Sessions
Stephen KressDirectorSeabird Restoration Program

Photo: Joe Rozak
Photo: Steve Morello
Photo: Joe Rozak

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