The Bald Head Island Conservancy offers an exciting opportunity for children ages 5-10 to explore and learn about the island’s diverse ecology through their half-day Nature Camps. The camps run from Monday through Thursday, starting at 9:00 am and ending at 12:00 pm. The program immerses children in the barrier island ecology as they explore the various island environments such as the maritime forest, salt marsh, and beach.
The camp introduces children to a variety of topics, conservation activities, and animal encounters, giving them a chance to interact with the island’s rich wildlife. The topics covered include habitats of the maritime forest, salt marsh ecology, and sea turtle conservation. The activities offered during the camp include birding, tidal exploration, plant identification, animal tracking, and much more.
The camp also offers an opportunity for children to interact with the Conservancy’s education animals, which include box turtles, yellow-bellied sliders, corn snakes, and a musk turtle. The activities and lessons taught are different each day, ensuring that every day is a new adventure for the children.
The Nature Camps aim to foster a love for nature and wildlife in children, while also teaching them the importance of conservation and environmental responsibility. The program is an excellent opportunity for children to engage with the natural world and learn about the intricate web of life that exists on the island.