Sunday, January 29, 2012

Beidler Forest Summer Camp!

Get Swamped!

The Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest offers a choice of week-long summer day camps during June and one week-long advanced camp in July.  Francis Beidler Forest contains the largest remaining stand of old-growth, cypress-tupelo swamp in the world. This is the perfect setting for stimulating a child’s love for nature!

Dragonfly inspection - Image by Mark Musselman

With insects as the theme for the June sessions, campers will become amateur naturalists themselves by engaging in science, hands-on activities and crafts. Although insects will be the theme, campers will certainly encounter and experience the other animals in the swamp. See the tentative schedule at

Fawn at 2011 camp - Image by Mark Musselman

The programs for the regular summer camps are geared for grades 1 through 6. The camp day will last from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. Please call Beidler Forest at 843-462-2150 to secure a place for your child in the week of your choice or send an e-mail to Mark Musselman at  Session III will be opened in July should the other two sessions fill.  An enrollment form can be downloaded at  The cost is $85 per camper.
The dates for the 2012 summer camp will be:
Session I: June 11-15
Session II: June 18-22
Session III: July 23-27 
(only if above sessions fill)

Advanced Swamp Camp
For the second year, we are offering a day camp for teenagers (ages 13-16) from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm from July 16th through July 20th. The cost is $100 per camper.

Advanced camp 2011 - Image by Mark Musselman

Campers will spend the days outside exploring the various habitats throughout the sanctuary. Those unwilling to stomp in the swamp while getting wet and dirty should not apply. Activities will include GPS navigation, canoeing, fishing, wildlife identification, and whatever else we encounter!

Limit: 15 campers.
Call Beidler Forest at 843-462-2150 or
send an e-mail to

Aquatic insect collecting - Image by Mark Musselman


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