Oglebay Institute’s Mountain Nature 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

2019 Camping Experiences:

June 16-22, 2019: Mountain Nature Camp 90th Anniversary
Join us for the traditional, week-long residential Mountain Nature Camp, located on an 18-acre peninsula of rural Terra Alta Lake in Preston County, West Virginia. Classes are on or near the grounds. Field trips, within 60 miles of camp, include some of the most scenic and diverse locations in the West Virginia mountains. Our naturalists and professional interpreters are distinguished for their knowledge and their ability to teach both beginners and experts in Botany, Ornithology, Ecology, Natural History and other topics. Sleep in your own tent in the woods or meadow. (Or make your own arrangements at nearby Alpine Lake Resort). Meals provided.

A free 90th Anniversary Celebration takes place 2pm-9pm Saturday, June 22 and includes a catered dinner, nature walks and campfire. If you plan to attend, please choose this session when registering.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: 1pm Sunday, June 16 – 10am Saturday, June 22 (Anniversary celebration takes place 2pm-9pm Sat., June 22)
Begins: Sun., June 16
Duration: 7 days
Instructor(s): Schrader Center & Regional Naturalists

$350/$325 OI members (full week, per person)
$60 daily rate