Audubon day camp summer 2024

Registration open


Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society (DOAS) announces the 2024 Summer Youth Program Season – providing fun, hands-on experiences in natural science and environmental education through field investigations, crafts and games. The day camp program is named in honor and remembrance of long-time DOAS member Dr. John G. New, and is part of the Audubon chapter’s effort to increase the use of the DOAS Sanctuary at Franklin Mountain for education activities for children and families.

Campers in each four-day program will explore a variety of habitats and learn about creatures that live there through fun explorations, games, hands-on activities and crafts. There is limited space in these sessions and registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. DOAS will keep a waiting list in case any students get closed out of the opportunity due to space limitations.

Full and partial scholarships to offset the per-child registration fee are distributed each year on an as-needed basis. Donations towards this dedicated fund are accepted throughout the year and are greatly appreciated. To donate towards our Camp Scholarship Fund, visit (indicate camp scholarship in the donation designation section), or contact Susan O’Handley, DOAS Education Chair at or by phone at 607-397-3815 for more information.

This summer, DOAS has hired two college interns, Kaylee Haig and Camille Robinson-Parisi, to conduct the programming for the camp program along with other family/public programs in July and August during the camp off-weeks. They will work under the supervision of board directors, Susan O’Handley and Chris DeCesare. The schedule and details for these special programs will be set up in June and promoted as soon as available. We look forward to a great season in 2024.

The 2024 DOAS day camp programs are scheduled as follows and are now available for enrollment:

Session 1: July 8, 9, 10, 11 – 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at DOAS Sanctuary on Franklin Mountain, Oneonta (for children entering grades 3 and 4) $185

Session 2: July 22, 23, 24, 25 – 9:30-3 p.m. at DOAS Sanctuary on Franklin Mountain, Oneonta (for children entering grades 5 and 6) $185

Session 3: Aug. 5, 6, 7, 8 – 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Oneonta World of Learning, Fortin Park (for children entering grades 1 and 2) $165

Registration is available at

Space is limited in each session and spots will be filled in the order of receipt of registration. If all spots are filled, a waiting list will be maintained in case there are cancellations. Payment is due at the time of registration; refunds for cancellation will not be issued after June 14. Contact Susan O’Handley at or call at 607-397-3815 for additional information.

The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society (DOAS) offers programs year-round that are free and open to the public including member meeting programs, bird-watching field trips and special events. DOAS operates the Franklin Mountain Hawkwatch, hiking trails and a summer day camp program at the Audubon Sanctuary just south of Oneonta.

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