2019 Wildlife Discovery Camps

Looking for summer activities for the kids? Join 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 10 - 14 July 8 - 12
10 - 14 years of age June 24 - 28 July 22 - 26

 

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 Now You See Me…Now You Don’t Learn about the amazing ways that animals can use their fur, feathers, skin, and scales to stay hidden from the dangers of the environment. 
Day 2 Early Birds and Night Owls Discover the difference between diurnal and nocturnal species and the adaptations that help each group to survive. 
Day 3 Buzzing Around Learn about the mighty insects that have the hardest job of all: pollination! Uncover the importance of this group of animals and how you can help them thrive! 
Note:  Campers will have the opportunity to wade into the on-campus pond on-site. We recommend that campers bring spare clothes this day.
Day 4 Going on a Bear Hunt… Come test your senses against those of our native wildlife, and discover the signs that animals leave behind.
Day 5 Wild Survival Who would win? Come see how different species would compare and learn some wilderness survival skills of your own!

Week 2 (6-9 years of age)

Day 1 Spelunkers Wanted! Learn about the amazing world of cave systems and the unique species that call them home!
Day 2 Homes and Habitats Discover what makes a forest a habitat for the many species that live there. 
Day 3 A Little Dirt Is Good for You Get down to the microscopic level to discover the mighty minis that help make soil a key ingredient of our forest ecosystem. The second half the day will cover another key ingredient: water! 
Note:  Campers will have the opportunity to wade into the on-campus pond on-site. We recommend that campers bring spare clothes this day.
Day 4 What Goes Around Comes Around Learn the importance of recycling and renewable energy sources. Explore weather patterns and their effects on the wildlife in our backyard!
Day 5 Caring for Native Wildlife See what it takes to be a wildlife rehabilitator and the conservation efforts from around the world to help wildlife in need.

 

Week 1 (10-14 years of age)

Day 1 Native Giants Take a walk in our woods and learn all about the native plants and trees in our forest and the animals that call it home.
Day 2 Let’s Take a Cell-fie! Don’t let their size fool you – come discover the awesome, microscopic powerhouses that keep both plants and animals going! 
Day 3 Mighty Minis Get down to the microscopic level and learn about the microbes that make soil such an important part of the ecosystem! 
Note:  Campers will have the opportunity to wade into the on-campus pond on-site.  We recommend that campers bring spare clothes this day.
Day
4
Spelunkers Wanted! Learn about the amazing world of cave systems and the unique species that call them home!
Day 5 Wild Survival Who would win? Come see how different species would compare and learn some wilderness survival skills of your own!

 

Week 2 (10-14 years of age)

Campers will spend this week helping BRWC create a field guide for all living species on our property!

Day 1 Wild Weather Join us to explore weather patterns and how it affects wildlife!
Day 2 What Goes Around Comes Around Learn the importance of recycling and renewable energy sources and how they help conservation efforts!
Day 3 Water, Water Everywhere Learn about the water systems in our area, and how water affects our habitat on its way to the sea. 
Note:  Campers will have the opportunity to wade into the on-campus pond on-site.  We recommend that campers bring spare clothes this day.
Day 4 Wild Detectives Use your skills to decipher the tracks and signs left behind by wildlife on a daily basis, and to discover what they might be saying!
Day 5 Rehabilitation Case Studies Delve into the world of wildlife medicine as you and your team learn what it takes to rescue, treat, rehabilitate, and release a native wild animal!

 

Both weeks will present opportunities to earn badges for our new Discovery Passport!  Completion of the passport pages will earn campers a Junior Naturalist certificate.

 

 

 

Blue Ridge Wildlife Center

106 Island Farm Lane
Boyce, VA 22620

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