Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week

Instructors share favorite methods/activities for engaging children and adults with nature

Program Dates: July 16 to 21, 2017

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Learn practical approaches and add inspiration to your environmental education curriculum during this action-packed program. Our experienced and enthusiastic instructors share their favorite approaches, methods, and activities for engaging both children and adults with nature.

Workshops using techniques in art, music, theater, journaling, and other disciplines will be presented, as well as a host of classic Audubon Camp field trips, including a boat trip to the restored Atlantic Puffin and Tern colony on Eastern Egg Rock, intertidal explorations, and hiking through Hog Island's unspoiled spruce-fir forest. These experiences provide a wonderful opportunity to be learning outside in a beautiful setting, while also considering how you can take back some of these insights and methods to your students back home. We'll be exploring citizen science, creating some inquiry-based lessons on birds and other topics, and demonstrating both low and high-tech methods of teaching.

Photo: Phil Kahler

Photo: Phil Kahler

"Best workshop I have ever attended. No teacher left inside. All teachers deserve summer camp! Total stress relief, FUN, FUN, FUN!" - Deb, teacher, Alabama

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are available for completing the course from the University of Southern Maine (Please bring $20 for 4.5 credits to camp with you).

"I have been teaching for 25 years and have never experience a more well rounded and useful program than that offered to educators on Hog Island. It is nothing short of out of this world. The scope, variety and depth of material we learned was extensive, exciting and so much fun. The people were top notch and the food will make you sorry you have to go home!" - Tracey, teacher, NY

I'm halfway through my week in Maine and it has been amazing!

I can't wait to get back and share all of this new knowledge with others…

Morgan Occhuizzo Preparing Perriwinkles

Morgan Occhuizzo Preparing Perriwinkles

Tonight we are learning about the 40+ Audubon centers and the green team program at Patterson Park in Baltimore. I'd really love to get together (with ASNV) to see what we might be able to partner on in order to create something like this as an after school program through some grant writing. – Morgan Occhuizzo, teacher, VA

The week I spent at the National Audubon center on Hog Island Maine is an experience that will forever impact my instruction. The trip reaffirmed my belief in the power of outdoor education for children and adults of all ages. – Morgan Occhuizzo, currently Asst. Principal, Centreville Elementary, VA Audubon of Northern Virginia’s 2016 Hog Island Teacher

Prices: The prices listed below are per person and include meals, housing, instruction and all boat trips. Participants must arrange transportation to and from the Audubon mainland property in Bremen at the start and end of the session (see directions page). Check with your local Audubon chapter or bird club to see if scholarships are available.

  • $995 twin bed in the Queen Mary loft, 6 beds total (women only)
  • $1095 twin bed in a shared double, triple, or quad room, shared bathroom

Questions: For questions regarding the ASNV 2017 Hog Island Scholarship, please contact ASNV staff at or Mary McLean, Youth Education Chair

For program, registration, lodging or meals, contact the Audubon Camp registrar at or (843) 340-8673. Additional information about accommodations can be found on the lodging and frequently asked questions pages.