Each year, more than 6,000 campers from grades Pre-K to 12 spend time outside and connect with the natural world at any one of the National Audubon Society’s 30 nature camps in 21 states. For the past decade, thousands of these campers have been able to attend thanks to the generosity of Wild Birds Unlimited, North America’s largest franchise system of bird-feeding and nature specialty stores. This year, 125 more children will gain the experience of a lifetime made possible by a Wild Birds Unlimited $25,000 scholarship.
“Inspiring the next generation of leaders to care about birds and the environment is paramount to the overall success of Audubon’s conservation mission,” said Elaine O’Sullivan, Director of Educational Publishing at Audubon. “Thanks to the generosity of Wild Birds Unlimited, we can attract campers from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Do yourself, your children and the world’s birds a favor and enroll your kid in an Audubon nature camp today. Not only will the children and their families benefit from a world-class environmental education, but birds will have gained a lifelong advocate.”
Study after study show children are spending less time outdoors than ever before. Not only are America’s youth missing out on the natural beauty of the United States, but studies also demonstrate lifelong benefits of unplugging and connecting with nature. Each of Audubon’s 30 day camps and 3 overnight camps have their own unique themes and cater to the interests and needs of the children in their respective communities.
“By providing children with an opportunity to experience natural surroundings in these camps, we’re building what often becomes a lifelong passion for nature and conservation,” said Jim Carpenter, CEO and Founder of Wild Birds Unlimited.
For more information on details about general registration, camp programs and scholarships please contact the camp where you or your children want to connect to nature. Scholarship eligibility is determined by each camp. A full list of Audubon camps and locations can be found here.