Junior Nature Camp

Junior Nature CampSince 1944, young people ages 10 -15 have been making memories and lifelong friends at Oglebay Institute’s Junior Nature Camp. With a goal to increase understanding of our natural world in an environment that promotes teamwork, personal responsibility and respect, Junior Nature Camp’s field experience can’t be equaled in any classroom.

Junior Nature Camp is held at Camp Giscowheco, a picturesque setting located in the hills of West Virginia, 10 minutes from Wheeling. The camp facility includes platform tent villages, dining hall, swimming pool and a volleyball court. The stream, forest and meadow provide the perfect outdoor classroom for the study of everything from invertebrates and ferns to birds and mammals.

canoeingCamp Highlights

  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Orienteering
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Music
  • Archery
  • Nightly Campfires
  • Lessons in ornithology, botany, herpetology, astronomy, entomology, ecology and watershed science

Camp Fees

One Week: $400 ($350 OI members)
July 24-30 OR July 31 – August 6, 2016

Two Weeks: $800 ($700 OI members)
July 24-August 6, 2016

How to Register

ONLINE: Register online here.

BY PHONE: Call 304-242-6855 to register by phone.

IN PERSON: Visit the Schrader Environmental Education Center located in Oglebay Resort during regular business hours. Oglebay Institute accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and personal checks. Please have credit card information ready when registering by phone.

Registration Requirements

  • Payment in full is required at time of registration. NO deposits will be taken for Junior Nature Camp. All paperwork (camper packet) is due by July 8, 2016.
  • A copy of a current physical exam (completed after August 2, 2015) by a practicing physical is required.
  • An information packet including the health form, camp welcome letter, procedures & confirmation of registration will be e-mailed upon receipt of registration or download forms here.
  • Cancellations made after July 1, 2016 are not eligible for a refund.


Scholarships are available and awarded based on need. Click here to download an application. Deadline for applications is May 13, 2016.

For more information please contact the Schrader Environmental Education Center
at 304-242-6855.