Winter Camp Overview and Schedule

Camp Winter Cover

Camper presents his predator to the class during Winter Camp 2016. Photo by Jayna Saltrick.

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A (raptor)'s work hours are only when he's hungry; once he's satisfied, the predator and prey live peacefully together. – Chuck Jones (paraphrased)

Winter Camps at Carolina Raptor Center

A few years ago, our curator of programs got a call from a Summer Camper’s mom, asking if we had day camp for kids on their days off of school. She listened, and started our Winter Camp program to give kids an outlet for activity and learning on school holidays. The first year of the program was popular with almost 10 kids participating each day. The price is right at only $25/day for the full day program. Some kids come more than once, and others pick their favorite topic for their camp day. The camp serves kids 7-14 and has the same hours as our summer camp program. Drop off at 8-8:30 am and pick up from 4:30-5 pm. Extended day is available ($10/day) for drop off as early as 7:30 am and pick up as late as 5:30 pm. The camp schedule is decided in the fall, based on the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Calendar. Camps are subject to cancellation due to weather, make-up days and low attendance. The camp is staffed by a local summer camp intern and activities directed by Curator of Birds and Programs Natalie Childers.

Winter Camp Details

  • Scheduled on School Holidays
  • $25/day+$10/extended day
  • Staffed by CRC Staff and Summer Camp Interns

2016 Winter Camp Dates and Themes:

  • December 22 - Happy Owlidays 
    Making feeders for your backyard, learning about winter residents and migrants, and winter bird themed crafts
  • December 23 - Winter Wonderland: Habitats
    Habitats of Birds and other Native NC Species
  • December 27 - Raptor Keeper’s Camp 
    Caring For, Training, and Managing the Resident Birds of Carolina Raptor Center
  • December 28 - Raptor Keeper’s Camp 
    Caring For, Training, and Managing the Resident Birds of Carolina Raptor Center
  • December 29 - Young Vet’s Camp 
    A Behind the Scenes Look at Rehabilitating Birds of Prey
  • January 16 - Avian Artist Adventure - Register Here
    Exploring birds through different art forms, including sketching, collage, and sculpture

WINTER CAMP FORMS can be accessed here. Each registered camper will need a completed form turned in by December 1, 2016.

For information on Summer Camps, follow this link.