New birds, new friends, new experiences

Each year American Birding Association and its partners offer some fantastic events for young birders, enabling them to get out, learn more about birds, and go birding with others in their age group. Attending workshops, conferences, camps, and conventions gives these young people a unique opportunity to experience birding, learn about bird ecology and identification, and just have some fun with their peers.

The ABA would like to thank Carl Zeiss Sports Optics and Rockjumper Worldwide Birding Adventures, lead sponsors of the ABA Young Birder Camps!

Camp Avocet, Delaware

July 26—August 2, 2019.
Extended 8-day camp!
Open to all birders aged 13 to 18.
Membership in the ABA is required for attendance.

Now in its seventh year, Camp Avocet is based at the University of Delaware’s stunning Virden Retreat Center in historic Lewes, Delaware, only minutes away from two major National Wildlife Refuges and a short ride to six, ecologically-based birding regions. Campers are housed and fed in the newly updated Virden Retreat Center dorms and dining hall with the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean only yards away, this is beach birding at its best!

Daily itineraries include fabulous outdoor classroom field trips led by ABA Staff along with guest instructors including a Rockjumper Worldwide Birding Adventures guide! All day birding and natural history study will be punctuated by terrific educational workshops, photography and illustration building skills and discovering current technological advances in birding, making 2019 Camp Avocet a truly exceptional birding experience.

Camp Colorado I and II

July—August, 2019.
Open to all birders aged 13 to 18.
Membership in the ABA is required for attendance.

Join us as we explore Colorado from grassland to glaciers. From the shortgrass prairie of northeastern Colorado to the aspen groves and alpine tundra of Rocky Mountain National Park, Camp Colorado has it all!

We’ll be based out of the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, bordering the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park.

Campers will have plenty of opportunities to take their birding skills to the next level, meet other young people with similar interests, explore careers in birding and ornithology, and of course, learn about the bird life and natural history of Colorado.