Cornell Lab Young Birders Event
Camps & Trips
- Camp TALON: June 1-6, 2019, St. Simons Island, Georgia.
- Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens: June 9-14, or June 16-21, 2019 on Hog Island, Maine.
- VENT’s Camp Chiricahua: July 17-28, 2019 in southeastern Arizona.
- ABA’s Camp Colorado: July 27-August 2, 2019 or August 6-August 12, 2019 in Estes Park, Colorado.
- VENT’s Camp Cascades: July 27-August 7, 2019 in coastal Washington.
- ABA’s Camp Avocet: July 26-August 2, 2019 in Lewes, Delaware.
- Teen Week in Costa Rica: July 21-26, 2019.
- Beaverhill Bird Observatory’s Geoff Holroyd Young Ornithologists’ Workshop: August 4-10, 2019.
- Ontario Field Ornithologists Alan Wormington Memorial Camp: August 17-24, 2019 Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario.
Various birding clubs, magazines, and other organizations offer photo, art, and essay contests. These can be a fun way to receive feedback for your work, as well as sometimes get cool prizes.
Young Birder of the Year Contest: This contest is sponsored by the American Birding Association. Winners receive excellent prizes, and all participants receive feedback from the judges. This can be a great way to get critique on your work from birders highly experienced in a variety of birding subjects.
Junior Duck Stamp Contest: This well-known annual art contest selects winners for several age categories in each stage, as well as a federal winner. Plus, the duck stamp program supports the National Wildlife Refuge System and environmental education programs! For most states, the deadline is in mid-March. Check with your state’s coordinator, though, to confirm your local deadline.
Many young birders clubs and local birding clubs offer scholarships for young birders to attend camps and events. Contact your local club for more information. Additionally, the American Birding Association offers some scholarships for camps. For more information, visit their scholarships page. Also see: