Registration opens for Audubon Naturalist Society summer camps -- Gazette.Net


Registration for the Audubon Naturalist Society’s summer camp offerings begins at 9 a.m. Friday.

Summer camps and programs for students in pre-kindergarten through 10th grade are offered at two locations in Montgomery County: Woodend Nature Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase; and the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center, 5110 Meadowside Lane, Rockville.

“We are a throwback outdoor summer camp: we’re outdoors, playing games, walking in the woods,” camp director Karen Vernon said in a news release. “But the magic climbing over fallen logs or finding a salamander under the leaves unlocks for our campers is transformative, like only experiences in nature can be.”

Weekly summer camp sessions run at Woodend June 16 through Aug. 15, with camps for all ages. A Teen Naturalist Training Program is offered for students entering ninth and 10th grades. The teens are taught what it takes to be an Audubon naturalist while volunteering in the summer camp program and earning student service learning hours.

“Last year was our first year offering the [training] program and it quickly sold out,” Vernon said. “Our camps are also very popular among elementary school-aged children, which is why we added the Rockville location.”

For the past three years, the society has had a partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools to offer some of its signature nature camps at the Smith Center. First- through fourth-graders can attend the Smith Center for two weeks in August.

More information and online registration are at