Young Birder Virtual Camp

Join Audubon staff for a ten day virtual camp where daily challenges will get you connected to birds!
Teen Campers on Eastern Egg Rock Photo: Luke Franke
Teen Campers on Eastern Egg Rock Photo: Luke Franke

Young Birder Virtual Camp

Join Audubon staff for a ten day virtual camp where daily challenges will get you connected to birds!

Session One: July 8-July 17, 2020 - Ten-day virtual course - SOLD OUT
Session Two: July 20-July 29, 2020 - Ten-day virtual course - OPEN

Ages: 14 to 18 years old.

Download pre-camp checklist including materials needed for the course. Please read before registering.

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Hog Island Audubon Camp is proud to announce the creation of a Virtual Young Birder Camp for summer 2020.  The virtual camp will utilize Zoom meetings, online webinars, Google classroom, and live bird cams to get connected to birds and also connect with other young birders from around the country.  During this ten day period campers will complete course components in three main modules: Patch Bird Challenge, Habitat and Conservation Challenge and Livestream Content.  Each module will offer daily challenges for young birders to get outdoors and learn more about bird behavior, habitat and conservation projects.  Campers will utilize the Google classroom to share photos and videos, share eBird checklists and also get to know each other better.  We will have guest speakers from the Project Puffin research team and also from other renowned ornithologists, authors and bird guides. 

Three Main Modules:

Patch Bird Challenge: A patch can be a backyard, front yard, or a very nearby patch of habitat (within 15 minutes of walking).  This patch will be used for many of the camp components and should be a place you can sit without being disturbed. You will need to access your patch during many different times of day and with little effort.  Make sure you have a comfortable area to sit and work (sketching, taking notes, etc.). Please select a patch that is safe for you to access and maintain local social distancing protocols. Challenges in this module will include learning about field sketching, basic bird anatomy, bird behavior and eBird challenges.  All campers will be divided into Patch Bird Teams where they will work together to compete against other teams.

Habitat and Conservation Challenge: In this module you will get to know the birds in your local patch and explore ideas to improve the habitat through conservation and habitat improvement projects.  In addition to local improvements we will also explore more about Audubon Decoys. Included in your price of camp will be a mailed Paint Your Own Tern Decoy Kit.  

Livestream and online content: This camp module will consist of Zoom chats with all campers and other live video components.  Challenges will utilize the bird cams and other online resources including live Q&As with renowned birders and researchers.  Virtual tours of Hog Island and the Audubon decoy production will be included.  We will host daily Zoom meetings with our wonderful team of guest speakers and Audubon staff each day at 1:30pm Eastern Time!  This is a great way for campers to connect online and build their birding network.   


  • Mailed components including Paint Your Own Decoy kit and Zeiss Optics cleaning kit 
  • Audubon Certificate of Completion
  • Recommended books and supplemental reading material and project challenges
  • Contact list of all campers, guest speakers and instructors at the completion of the course
  • Eligible for a $250 scholarship to attend future Hog Island Audubon Camps (excludes online camps and Costa Rica Teen Camp)
  • Cost for ten-day online course: $300 

Program Director:
Eva Matthews LarkHog Island Program Manager, Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens Director and Costa Rica Teen Camp Director

2020 Guest Speakers Include (not all speakers will be at both weeks):
Jennie Duberstein, Wildlife Biologist and Conservation Social Scientist, Sonoran Joint Venture
Laura Guerard, Black Swamp Bird Observatory’s Education Director and the Statewide Coordinator for the Ohio Young Birders Club
Doug Hitchcox, Naturalist and Birding Guide, Maine Audubon
Tykee JamesGovernment Affairs CoordinatorNational Audubon Society and podcast hostWildlife Observer Network
Tom Johnson, Bird Guide, Field Guides
Emily Lark, Waldorf Teacher, Shining Mountain Waldorf School
Don LyonsConservation Science Director, Seabird Institute of National Audubon Society
Holly Merker
Birding Guide and Educator
Lauren Pharr, Graduate Research Assistant, North Carolina State University
Eric SnyderFacilities & Sanctuary Manager, Seabird Institute of National Audubon Society
Drew Weber, Merlin Project Coordinator, Cornell Lab of Orntihology
Scott WeidensaulAuthor and ornithologist
More guest speakers will be announced soon!

Now with two camps offerred due to popular demand!

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Questions: For questions regarding registration contact the Program Manager of Hog Island Audubon Camp, Eva Matthews Lark at or by calling 843-340-8673.

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