2018 Wildlife Discovery Camps

Looking for summer activities for the kids? Join the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center for our Wildlife Discovery Camps for ages 6-9 and 10-14. Your kids will learn about Virginia’s native wildlife, habitats, ecosystems, animal tracks and signs, and more! The Camp runs from 9am-3pm, Monday through Friday. Campers can sign up for individual days or the entire week! 

The information presented here includes:

Schedule and Registration

Age Group Week 1 Week 2
 6 - 9 years of age June 18 - 22 July 9 - 13
10 - 14 years of age June 25 - 29 July 16 - 20

 

The individual camp cost is $50.  If you sign up for the whole week, the cost is $200.  Please fill out one registration form per child.  Each registration includes a camp t-shirt.   Please remit your registration form and payment to:

Blue Ridge Wildlife Center
Attn:  Wildlife Discovery Camp
106 Island Farm Lane
Boyce, VA   22620

Camper Needs

Campers will need to bring a lunch, snack, and drink (water is best) every day.  Most camp activities are held outside, rain or shine, so the camper should dress appropriately for the weather.  We recommend wearing play clothes and sturdy, close-toed shoes for hiking.  A backpack is best to hold these items and should include sunscreen and bug spray.  

Programs

Every day will feature short lessons, games and crafts, and potential face-to-face interactions with BRWC's wildlife ambassadors. Each program is designed to meet some of the learning objectives of the Standards of Learning (SOL).   

Week 1 (6-9 years of age)

Day 1 Animal Kingdom What makes a mammal a mammal? Come learn how animals are grouped in the kingdom, and why! Learn about unique adaptations for mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
Day 2 Wild Young Pups, kits, or joeys? Find out how wild animals care for their young, and how BRWC tries to raise babies just as well as mom and dad!
Day 3 Do You Hear What I Hear? Can you tell the difference between a toad croak and a Great Blue Heron call? Come test your listening skills and learn what wildlife is saying!
Day 4 Claws and Clues Use your senses to discover which animals have been in the woods or along the pond. Find out how your senses compare to those of wild animals. ** Campers will have the opportunity to wade into the pond on-site. It is recommended that campers bring extra clothes today.
Day 5 Junior Rehabilitators Become a rehabber for a day! Campers will learn how BRWC staff treats and evaluates patients from day one through the entire rehabilitation process.

Week 2 (6-9 years of age)

Starting on Day 1, campers will be setting up biocubes and will be making observations about the areas all week long. Don’t miss out on a second of the action! Sign up for the whole week!

Day 1 A Wild Puzzle Do you know how many species there are in the world? How about in your own backyard? Discover how many species can live in even small areas, and the roles that each of them fill to make a whole ecosystem, just like a puzzle!
Day 2 Plight of the Bumblebee Bees, butterflies and blooms! Come and learn about insects and their critical role in plant pollination.
Day 3 Animal Myths Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Certainly not the Wise Old Owl! Come and see how animals are featured in stories and songs, and how myths about our wildlife affect how we feel about them.
Day 4 Solution to Pollution How much harm can a single apple core on the side of the road be? Discover how the environment get “dirty”, and how you can help keep it clean for you and your wild neighbors! ** Campers will have the opportunity to wade into the pond on-site. It is recommended that campers bring extra clothes today.
Day 5 Conservation Station Learn how BRWC assists with conservation and what you can do to help our native wildlife!

 

Week 1 (10-14 years of age)

Starting on Day 1, campers will be presented with a rehabilitation case study. For each day of the week, campers will join BRWC’s veterinarian to determine how the patient was injured, how it should be cared for at the Center from intake through the entire rehabilitation process.

Day 1 The Leg Bone is Connected to the…? How many bones are in the human body? What about in an owl? Come to camp to learn about the anatomy of different species, from bones to organs to how the whole system comes together.
Day 2 Flu Season Wildlife can get sick, too. Disease plays an important role in wildlife populations. Some of these diseases can even affect you and your pets! Learn how to recognize these diseases and be safe around wildlife.
Day 3 Taking Flight or Flying Wild Discover how birds fly, and where their migration paths take them every year.
Day 4 The Buddy System Wild animals rely on each other for food, habitat, and decomposition. Learn about how wild animals help each other be their best self! ** Campers will have the opportunity to wade into the pond on-site. It is recommended that campers bring extra clothes today.
Day 5 Wild Translation How do wild animals communicate with each other? Come discover the many ways that animals can convey their thoughts to the world around them, both verbally and without a sound!

 

Week 2 (10-14 years of age)

Starting on Day 1, campers will be setting up biocubes and will be making observations about the areas all week long. Don’t miss out on a second of the action! Sign up for the whole week!

Day 1 The Wild World Around Us From the smallest microbe to the biggest bird, there’s a great big world out there – even in the smallest of spaces. Join us to learn how more species means a healthier world!
Day 2 Working for Wildlife There are many ways to help wild animals, and BRWC is just one! Come meet real wildlife warriors and learn how each do their part to keep wildlife wild and healthy!
Day 3 23 and YOU! Come look at wildlife in its smallest part – DNA! DNA determines a lot about wildlife, from the color of their fur to who has the skills to best survive. Learn how these tiny factors can have big consequences on the wildlife in an area.
Day 4 A Changing World We have quite a situation on our hands: our planet’s climate is changing, and animals are becoming endangered. Join us to learn why is this happening and what can we do. ** Campers will have the opportunity to wade into the pond on-site. It is recommended that campers bring extra clothes today.
Day 5 We Are All in This Together Come learn about conservation efforts around the world and here at home!

 

 

 

 

Blue Ridge Wildlife Center

106 Island Farm Lane
Boyce, VA 22620

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For wildlife concerns/emergencies,
dial our hotline: (540) 837-9000.