Education 2017

The Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival
is pleased to announce paid scholarships to youth birder camps:

Both of these youth birding camps will be paid for with a scholarship by the VVBNF to a selected applicant. Both camps already have reservations for one participant.

Information and applications for each camp are available at links below:

To apply for the VVNBF scholarship, contact Mary Ontiveros. (see below)

Winners will be selected based on their submission of an essay titled:
“What I Want to Learn and Share About My Experiences at Birder Camp”

Please refer questions to the VVNBF Education Committee at with “youth birder camp” in the subject line or call 928-567-3257 and leave a message.   Submissions, including the camp registration packets are due April 5, 2017, and should be forwarded to:  

Mary Ontiveros,   c/o VVBNF
PO Box 2224
Cottonwood, AZ 86326

Camp 1:    American Birding Association’s Camp  Colorado  Select here for detailed information. or read text below.
                  YMCA of the Rockies at Estes Park      
The VVBNF scholarship already has a reservation for a participant, although the web site for Camp Colorado indicates that it is "sold out".
                  16 July – 22 July 2017

Camp 1: Registration Form: (select Here)

     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. An amazing diversity of ecosystems lie within a few hours drive of Estes Park, giving campers the chance to experience Colorado’s varied life zones and birds.

Expert staff from the ABA and skilled guest instructors will lead field trips in search of species such as White-tailed Ptarmigan, Clark’s Nutcracker, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Brown-capped Rosy Finch, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Burrowing Owl, McCown’s Longspur, and Cassin’s Sparrow, to name just a few. Afternoons and evenings we’ll have hands-on workshops to learn about field sketching, photography, careers in bird conservation, and much more.

Join us for an unforgettable week of bird camp in the Rockies!

Camp Fee:  $1295.00 – includes all lodging, meals, transportation during camp events, instructional sessions and  transportation to and from Denver International Airport.
ABA Camps are open to all birders aged 13 to 18.


Camp 2:    Arizona Young Birders Camp, Sulphur Springs Valley, Willcox, Arizona
        9 – 11 June 2017      




Mission: The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival provides a unique recreational experience to anyone interested in the natural world and fosters awareness of the importance of habitat for the enrichment of all life in the Verde Valley.
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