Beidler Forest

Summer Camp

Come fall in love with a bird. Or two. Or more! Photo: Camilla Cerea

Here in the world’s largest old-growth cypress-tupelo swamp forest, it’s easy to awaken your child's love for nature!  Beidler Forest offers three week-long summer day-camps.  There are usually two Swamp Camps (for 6-12 year olds) and one Advanced Camp (for 13-16 year olds).  

Both levels of camp focus not just on birds, but more broadly on wildlife and ecology.  For example, our 2017 theme was “Amazing Migration.”  Learning how and why mammals, birds, and insects migrate, campers discovered that our world is much more connected than they might have realized.

Summer Camp Dates 2018

Session I  - June 18-22

Session II -  July 9-13

Advanced Swamp Camp – June 25-29

Swamp Camp (ages 6-12)

Swamp Camp meets from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday-Friday.  The cost is $100 for each camper.  

Campers spend the days outside exploring the various habitats throughout the sanctuary.  This is an up-close-and-personal swamp experience!  Activities will include bird-watching, water chemistry analysis, canoeing, aquatic bug sampling, and much more. 

Space in Swam Camp is limited. To register click on the links below.

Register for Session I  - June 18-22

Register for Session II -  July 9-13

A limited number of scholarships are available. 

Advanced Camp (ages 13-16)

Advanced Camp also meets from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday-Friday.  The cost is $115 per camper.

Campers spend the days outside exploring the various habitats throughout the sanctuary.  This is an up-close-and-personal swamp experience!  Activities will include bird-watching, water chemistry analysis, canoeing, aquatic bug sampling, and much more. 

Space in Advanced Camp is extremely limited. Click here to register for the Advanced Camp.

Scholarship

A limited number of scholarships are available. Application forms have also been attached see below) if you wish to apply for a scholarship. Mail it to Beidler Forest, 336 Sanctuary Road, Harleyville SC, 29558.

Summer Camp Scholarship Guidelines:

  • Applicants are evaluated without regard to race, religion, natural origin, sex or physical ability.
  • Funding is limited and scholarships are not guaranteed to all applicants.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Scholarships will be awarded based on need and merit.