Programs

Family Camp

August 4–9, 2024 or August 11–16, 2024

NOTE: Family Camp SESSION ONE is *SOLD OUT* – Waitlist information is below.
Family Camp SESSION TWO still has space – Register below.

Description:

Family Camp is designed for ages 8-13 (children must be in this age range at time of camp) with an avid interest in birds only. 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.

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.

SESSION ONE

Director

Instructors

Guest Lecturers

SESSION TWO

Director

Instructors

Guest Lecturers

Family Camp at Hog Island

Quotes from former campers (from camp evaluations):

"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."

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

"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."

Pricing:

The prices listed below are per person and 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). Check with your local Audubon chapter or bird club for scholarship opportunities. 

  • $1690 – per Adult

  • $1250 – per Child

All families will be housed in private rooms (doubles, triples, 4 and 5-person rooms available) and have access to shared bathrooms. Please let us know if your child is not okay with sleeping in a bunkbed.  Please call if interested in a private room with private bathroom for an additional cost.

Note: Rooms with private bathrooms can be requested, but can only house 2 people max. These accommodations are suitable for one adult, one child—or for two adults that are accompanying a larger family. If available, the price for this arrangement is charged at $1990 – per Adult

All participants must agree to the Camper Guidelines - please read before registering.

Registration:

NOTE: Audubon reserves the right to alter itineraries, instructors and particular arrangements, or to substitute similar itineraries or arrangements, at no penalty. If Audubon cancels a session, it will issue full refunds of all deposits or payments to the paid participants.

Family Camp Band playing after dinner. Photo: Nathaniel Sharp
Photo: Joe Rozak
Photo: Steve Morello

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