Michigan Young Birders Camp

Campers Wanted

Our Young Birders Camp is returning, with an updated name! The Michigan Young Birders Camp will be held June 23-28, 2019!

After a successful inaugural camp in 2018 and in effort to further connect young people with the diverse bird communities of the Great Lakes Region, we look forward to providing 16 high school students with an exciting week at bird camp. Michigan Audubon, in partnership with Alma College, Chippewa Nature Center, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will work to connect young birders with each other and to the resources they need to become the next generation of conservationists.

Camp will be based out of Alma College, centrally located in Michigan, in close proximity to forests, grasslands, wetlands, and even the core breeding range for the rare Kirtland’s Warbler. The Michigan Young Birders Camp promotes the development of young birders who will be the next generation of birders, scientists, and conservation-minded citizens. Through experiences that develop expertise in avian natural history, foster connections with their birding peers, and highlight careers in bird conservation and ornithology, participants will receive a foundation upon which they can successfully grow their passion for the natural world.

Camp cost is $500 per student and includes lodging, travel during camp, food, and supplies. Full and partial scholarships are available through generous donations. All scholarships are based on need and availability. Our hope is that cost will not inhibit camper participation.

Contact Education Coordinator Lindsay Cain at lcain@michiganaudubon.org or (517) 580-7364 with any questions.

2019 Michigan Young Birders Camp Schedule

Scholarship Donations Needed!

The success and reach of this camp will not be possible without the support of donors, whose generous tax-deductible donations will ensure that we can maintain an affordable tuition rate and offer need-based scholarships for our campers.

Last year’s camp cost was reduced to $250 per camper through contributions from sponsors and partners. Some students were able to further reduce their cost by connecting with local Audubon groups and clubs.

Our current cost per camper is $500, and we hope to bring the cost down to $250 or less per camper for the 2019 camp. We cannot do this without donor support.

On November 3, 2018, Natalie White, one of our 2018 campers, took part in an art show where she sold her artwork and donated half of her proceeds to help fund camp scholarships for future young birders. You can read more about Natalie’s generosity here. Through her efforts, Natalie was able to donate $250 to the young birders camp! It is creative, motivated, giving efforts like Natalie’s that make life-changing experiences possible for students who otherwise might not be able to afford to attend the Young Birders Camp.

Please consider sponsoring one student’s full or partial tuition with a scholarship donation today. Each scholarship donor will receive:

  • A handwritten thank you from the camper benefiting from their donation.
  • Linked (when applicable) logo/name on the website.
  • Logo/name in the camper workbook.
  • Name in Michigan Audubon’s Jack Pine Warbler magazine

Full scholarship donors will also receive a summary of their student’s camp experience.

Contact Education Coordinator Lindsay Cain at lcain@michiganaudubon.org or (517) 580-7364 with any questions.

Sponsor a Camper!

Michigan Young Birders Club

The Michigan Young Birders Club (MiYBC) is open to youth ages 12–18. It is a club run by young birders, for young birders, and focuses on educating young birders about the avian world and conservation. An Advisory Board sets the schedule of programs and the division of tasks amongst the members. The goal is for members to create their own online newsletter and help administer the club’s social networking sites. If you or someone you know is interested in joining MiYBC,  please contact Education Coordinator Lindsay Cain at lcain@michiganaudubon.org or (517) 580-7364 for more details.