Oglebay Institute’s Mountain Camp

Oglebay Institute's Mountain Camp - Terra Alta, West Virginia

Founded in 1929 by A.B. Brooks, Terra Alta Mountain Camp has served as a training ground for the country’s leading naturalists for over 80 years.  Bordering Terra Alta Lake, the camp covers 18 acres that include a wide variety of habitats from mature forests to open wetlands. Many exciting species of birds, flowering and non-flowering plants and other wildlife are found on the camp property.

Oglebay Institute’s Mountain Camp weekends offers the opportunity to explore, discover, and share in the rich and unique Appalachian highland habitat, both on-site and through day trips to surrounding areas. Through class discussions, lectures and field study, participants leave with a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the Appalachian region.

The staff at Terra Alta includes college professors, naturalists, and professional interpreters that strive to teach both beginners and experts. Camps are designed for those that are just beginning to explore nature as well as experienced naturalists that want to research new habitats, see new species, and experience an environment that celebrates learning, discussing, exploring, and protecting our world.

A.B. Brooks

A.B. Brooks

Monongahela National Forest

Monongahela National Forest

2017 Weekend Camping Experiences:

Instructional weekends are back at Terra Alta! Join professors, enthusiastic adventurers and gifted instructors for discovery and exploration as you build your skill set and form lasting friendships with fellow participants in the West Virginia hills. Amenities at Terra Alta include a bathhouse, full kitchen, dining room and family room areas. Once registered, you will receive a packet via email including mandatory health information forms and detailing necessary items to pack for your adventures.

If you have questions, please contact Ken Dague at 304-242-6855.

April 28-30, 2017: Birding for Beginners Weekend
Specially geared for those individuals who are new to one of America’s most popular pastimes, this weekend course will focus on birdwatching basics. Learn when and where to birdwatch, gear selection and field guide usage. Then, put your newfound skills to the test as we search for and identifying birds local to Terra Alta and surrounding areas. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Participants are also welcome to bring their own gear. Meets at Oglebay Institute’s Mountain Nature Camp in Terra Alta, West Virginia.

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Ages: 18 & up (Ages 14-17 may participate with accompanying adult.)
Meets: 6pm Friday, April 28 – 1pm Sunday, April 30
Begins: Friday, April 28
Duration: 3 days
Instructor(s): Erica McGrath, Mike Hensley, Ken Dague

$168/$146 OI members

July 21-23, 2017: Trees and Woody Plants Weekend
Identify trees and other woody plants (shrubs and vines) in several unique natural areas in the wilds of West Virginia. We’ll also discuss their importance to people, wildlife and the economy. Each participant will receive a tree identification guide. This camp will include easy to moderate hiking. Meets at Oglebay Institute’s Mountain Nature Camp in Terra Alta, West Virginia.

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Ages: 18 & up (Ages 14-17 may participate with accompanying adult.)
Meets: 6pm Friday, July 21 – 1pm Sunday, July 23
Begins: Friday, July 21
Duration: 3 days
Instructor(s): Brian Gainer, Ken Dague

$168/$146 OI members

August 4-6, 2017: Family Nature Camping Weekend
Join naturalists and other outdoor-loving families for a weekend of fun in a comfortable and safe environment. Activities for beginner and experienced campers include hiking, crafts, fishing, campfires and more! Meets at Oglebay Institute’s Mountain Nature Camp in Terra Alta, West Virginia.

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Age: Families, all ages
Meets: 6pm Friday, August 4 – 1pm Sunday, August 6
Begins: Friday, August 4
Duration: 3 days
Instructor(s): Ken Dague, Mike Hensley, Cody Stepanek

$68/$58.50 OI members, per person (Children under 4 free.)