Ages: 12–14

Calling one, calling all to the fantastic world of fungi! Starting off the week, we will dive into this incredible kingdom, learning phylum types and some individual species. Time will also be spent in the kitchen, cooking and eating different fungi-based dishes. Typical pieces of camp, including the iron owls, the camp stamp puzzler, games just for fun, exploration, and emphasis on creating new/building better friendships with peers are still all part of this week. The Friday evening program is a parent showcase, highlighting campers’ take-aways from the week and other pieces they have selected to share with their families.

Registration Information

$395 for nonmembers (save 15% with membership)

Tuesday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday, 5:00 p.m.–Saturday, 8:00 a.m. (Optional family programming — see schedule for details)

Dates (Choose one):
June 18–22 , 2024
June 25–29, 2024
July 2–6, 2024*
July 16–20, 2024
July 23–27, 2024
July 30–August 3, 2024

*Please note that camp will run as scheduled on July 4.

Optional Transportation for the weeks of July 23 and July 30 only:
Bus transportation will be provided for an additional fee from the Spikes Stadium at Medlar Field, 701 Porter Road. Drop-off (Tuesday–Friday) will be from 8:00–8:30 a.m., and pick-up (Tuesday–Thursday) will be from 4:30–5:00 p.m. Pick-up on Friday is at 5:00 p.m. at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. You must register for bus transportation separately during the registration process in order to secure space.

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Day Activities


9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.: Biodiversity Day

On the first day, we will begin with an introduction to the topic of the year: fantastic fungi. Starting with what fungi are and working through the different parts of them used in identification, we will dive into the week with nature journaling and maybe even some time in the kitchen! We will also take time to become more familiar with the other members of our group.


9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.: Adaptations Day

Building on our identification skills, we will delve into different fungi groups, including those that can be used for paper-making! Campers will then get to use their knowledge to harvest some fungi and use it to make their own paper.


9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.: Cycles Day

Today, we will spend some more time in the kitchen, making then tasting some creations featuring mushrooms. The rest of the time will be spent out on the trail continuing to grow our observation and record-keeping skills.


9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.: Interrelationships Day

Tying together all the topics from the week, Interrelationships Day focuses on the relationships between different organisms. This day also includes swimming at a local beach area; have your camper WEAR a swimsuit under their clothes and pack a towel and clothes to change into later in a plastic bag!

Friday evening–Saturday morning

Optional Family Programming

Friday 5:00 p.m.: Enjoy your own self-provided dinner on the front lawn. With no cooking facilities available, please bring something that is easy and quick. Plan to take home any leftovers, plus the dishes the food came in and any plates/cups/silverware/napkins that you bring with you. *Please note that although we love dogs, only service dogs are welcome on Shaver’s Creek property.

Setup for all Friday evening activities (including the picnic and camping) begins no earlier than 4:45 p.m. This includes all types of tents, food, blankets, chairs, sleeping bags, tarps, and other materials related to any Friday evening activity on any part of Shaver’s Creek property, including the Front Yard, forested areas, open areas, and parking areas. People arriving before 4:45 p.m. will be asked to return to their vehicles with all their gear and remain there until 4:45 p.m. This is to ensure that all programming happening up until 5:00 p.m. can provide closure to the week for each participant. We appreciate your understanding and assistance to make the end of everyone’s camp week the best that it can be!

5:30–6:30 p.m.: Aviary open with an interpreter available to answer questions!

6:00 p.m.: Shaver’s Creek bookstore closes.

6:30 p.m.: Interested in staying for more camp fun? Meyer Dairy ice cream to be provided!

7:15 p.m.: Campfire program! Campers and staff from Discovery, Explorer, and Investigator programs will present a myriad of poems, skits, stories, and adventures from the camp week. Bring along a blanket/chair or sit on the giant rocks in front of the stage.

8:30–9:30 p.m.: It’s time to head out on the trail for a night walk! Bring warm layers and wear closed-toed shoes. Flashlights not needed.

10:00 p.m.: Settle into your tent for the night! Note that open flames (including lanterns and candles) are not permitted.

Saturday 7:00–8:00 a.m.: Breakfast is served! Featuring freshly made pancakes and coffee, plus juices and pancake toppings!

8:00–8:30 a.m.: Clean up all overnight gear and get started with the rest of your day.

What do I need to wear and bring each day?

Have your camper wear comfortable outdoor clothing and closed-toed shoes each day for camp! The trails can be VERY MUDDY in some places and, in order to follow Leave No Trace principles, we will be walking through the mud.

In a backpack suitable for carrying throughout the day, please bring the following items:

  • Lunch and snacks — nutritionally balanced, nut-free, and packed in reusable containers when possible. Anything brought in will need to be packed back out. Do not send nuts or nut butters in lunches or snacks. (Food processed in a facility that also processes nuts is alright.)
  • 2 water bottles full of water — reusable, filled, 20+ oz/each
  • Raincoat or poncho — even on sunny days, as storms may roll in through in the afternoon
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Notebook and pencil (optional)

On Friday, you need to wear your swimsuit and bring a towel and sunscreen!

Important Notes: If you are using insect repellent, apply it to your child before arriving at camp. Due to allergies, do not send the spray along with your child. We do our best to avoid natural areas that are conducive to high tick numbers, but still check your child for ticks every day.