Summer Camps

Summer Like it Should Be!

Audubon's 2022 summer day camps are designed for kids ages 5-18. Campers explore the outdoors, visit the pond, make crafts, observe birds and other wildlife, and, of course, have lots of fun! 

Camps take place at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve (Fox Chapel), Succop Nature Park (Butler), and Buffalo Creek Nature Park (Sarver).

Each session is unique—Choose your location, and then join us for one, two or more sessions—you decide! We want to share nature with everyone, regardless of financial need. Scholarships to our camps are available. Download a camp scholarship application here.

Ages 13-18: Audubon-Naturalists-in-Training (ANTS)

Audubon-Naturalists-in-Training (ANTS)

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve - June 17

Teens ages 13-18. ANTS, Audubon-Naturalists-in-Training, is for teens age 13-18 who love to be outside and work with children. ANTS assist our Outdoor Discovery Camp staff in leading our day camp of nature exploration, trail hikes, games, and crafts for kids ages 5-12. ANTS must attend this 1-day, 4-hour training course (10am to 2 pm), and commit to a total of 30 hours of service during this summer's day camps in June and July. Teens may attend this ANTS training at BFNR regardless of which property they choose to serve. Join the ANTS program by signing up for this training session or the session at our other property. Questions and preferences for which camps you want to help with may be directed to Scott, sdetwiler@aswp.org. ANTs training is eligible for scholarships. 

Cost: $50



Ages 12-17: Watershed Camp

Buffalo Creek Nature Park: June 13 - 17

This four-day camp (ages 12-17) includes visits to Little Buffalo Creek and allows campers a fun, interactive experience in understanding our local watersheds and their importance in our ecosystems.

Cost: ASWP members $275; ASWP non-members: $325



5th - 8th Grade: Birdz Camp FULL

Birdz Camp

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve June 20-24 

5th - 8th Grade. Birding is cool, fun, and the fastest-growing outdoor activity in America. Campers will develop new skills by spending quality time in the field with the correct equipment and with one of our expert guides. Included are guest speakers, visits to Todd Nature Reserve and North Park, and a trip to Moraine State Park to look for Bald Eagles, Ospreys and Cliff Swallows rounding out the week. Each participant will receive a birding field pack complete with binoculars, field guides, & other materials. This is an all day camp, from 9 am - 3 pm. Students must provide their own lunches. 

Cost: ASWP members $275; ASWP non-members: $325

5th - 8th grade: Wilderness Skills for Survival Camp

Wilderness Skills for Survival

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve: June 6-10

Succop Nature Park: July 11-15

Buffalo Creek Nature Park: July 25-29

These are the skills you need to know now! Learn to recognize the best plants to use when building proper shelters and fires, then build them! Secure your shelter with knots using natural fibers, and cook over an open fire like a pro. Orient yourself with just nature as your guide. This is an all day camp from 9 am - 3 pm. Students must provide their own lunches. 

Cost: ASWP members $275; ASWP non-members: $325

3rd - 6th grade: Audubon Trailblazers Camp

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve: June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 5-8 [4 day camp with adjusted pricing], July 11-15, July 25-29

Succop Nature Park: July 18-22

Buffalo Creek Nature Park: August 1-5

Observe, identify, explore—and make a difference in the world. We will contribute to real-world citizen science by studying butterflies, birds, plants and more. Each week special projects will make our reserves better for plants, animals and people. For kids entering grades 3-6 this fall. Beechwood camp week has a morning (9am-12pm) session and an afternoon (1pm-4pm) session. Get a free bonus hour from 12pm-1pm and chaperoned lunch and recess when you register for a full day. Campers must provide their own lunches. 

Camp cost for members: Half Day $140; Full Day $275
Camp cost for non-members: Half Day $170; Full Day $325

3rd - 6th grade: Birdz One Day Camp

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve: July 5

Succop Nature Park: July 25

Buffalo Creek Nature Park: August 2

This is a one day camp. Birding is cool, fun, and the fastest-growing outdoor activity in America. Campers will develop birding skills by spending quality time in the field with the correct equipment and with our expert guides. Also included is a lecture on birds of prey with an up-close encounter with Eastern Screech Owls. (9 am - 3 pm)

Cost: ASWP members $55; ASWP non-members: $70

K - 2nd grade: Audubon Explorers Camp

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve: June 20-24, June 27-July1 FULL, July 5-8 [4 day camp with adjusted pricing], July 11-15 FULL, July 25-29 

Succop Nature Park: July 18-22

Buffalo Creek Nature Park: August 1-5   

Jump like a toad, zing like a dragonfly, and sway like a tree! Explore forest, field, and pond for birds and bugs, frogs and foxes. Make nature crafts, play games, and get dirty along the way. Each week features a new and exciting nature theme. Each camp week has a morning (9am-12pm) session and an afternoon (1pm-4pm) session. Get a free bonus hour from 12pm-1pm and chaperoned lunch and recess when you register for a full day. Campers must provide their own lunches. 

Camp cost for members: Half Day $140; Full Day $275
Camp cost for non-members: Half Day $170; Full Day $300

K - 2nd grade: Birdz One Day Camp

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve: July 5

Succop Nature Park: July 25

Buffalo Creek Nature Park: August 2

This is a one-day camp. Birding is cool, fun, and the fastest-growing outdoor activity in America. Campers will develop birding skills by spending quality time in the field with the correct equipment and with our expert guides. Also included is a lecture on birds of prey with an up-close encounter with Eastern Screech Owls. (9 am - 3 pm)

Cost: ASWP members $55; ASWP non-members: $70





Ages 12-17 and Scouts: Merit Badge Camps

You must register for each day independently. You only have to register for the days you want. Cost: ASWP members $55 per session; ASWP non-members: $70 per session.

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve:  July 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

Succop Nature Park: June 27, 28, 29

Buffalo Creek Nature Park: June 30 and July 1

Want to develop your scouting skills over the summer while earning your Merit Badges? This camp is open to anyone age 12-17, even if you're not a Scout. Topics will include Bird Study, Geocaching (participants must bring a GPS-enabled  smart phone or other device), Insect Study, Wilderness Skills, and Environmental Science. Please see MeritBadge.org for details on the material we will cover. Bring a lunch and a blue card. This camp runs from 9AM - 3 PM.

BEECHWOOD FARMS NATURE RESERVE

7/18 Monday: Bird Study; all requirements met

7/19 Tuesday: Geocaching(Participants must bring a GPS-enabled smart phone or other device); all requirements met

7/20 Wednesday: Insect Study; all requirements met except #9, Raise in insect 

7/21 Thursday: Environmental Science; all requirements met 

7/22 Friday: Wilderness Survival; all requirements met except #8 stay overnight in your natural shelter

SUCCOP NATURE PARK

6/27 Monday: Wilderness Survival; all requirements met except #8 stay overnight in your natural shelter

6/28 Tuesday: Emergency Preparedness; all requirements met 

6/29 Wednesday: Forestry; all requirements met

BUFFALO CREEK NATURE PARK

6/30 Thursday: Wilderness Survival; all requirements met except #8 stay overnight in your natural shelter

7/1 Friday: Plant Science; all requirements met

Mini Birding Camp for Adults

June 1-3, various locations (see below)

Birding is one of the fastest-growing outdoor activity in America. The primary objective of this camp is for every participant to emerge from the course with a lasting knowledge of and appreciation for birds, particularly the birds of Western Pennsylvania. Campers will develop their birding skills by spending time in the field observing species with one of our expert guides and Master Birder graduates. Included are visits to Todd Nature Reserve June 1st), Moraine State Park (June 2nd), and Harrison Hills (June 3rd). 8am – 12 pm

Camp cost for members: $100
Camp cost for non-members: $140

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