Camper Application

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Nature Camp has suspended all on-site sessions for the summer of 2020.

Registration for the 2020 sessions will begin on 15 January 2020.

Two options are available for submitting camper applications:

(1) Fill out an application online and submit it electronically.   After submitting an online application form, you will have the option to pay the $150 deposit using a credit or debit card or to send a check or money order by standard U.S. mail.

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(2) Return a paper application by standard U.S. mail.  A paper application should be accompanied by a check or money order payment ($150 deposit).

The paper application for the 2020 sessions is now available.  Click the link below to download the application.

Nature Camp camper application 2020

(The application is posted as a pdf file; depending on your Web browser, Adobe Acrobat may be needed to view this file.  Click the link below to download this free software.)

Registration using either option begins on 15 January 2020. Earlier submissions will not be accepted.

Tuition for the 2020 sessions is $960. 

Before filling out an application via postal mail or e-mail, please read the Application Information below.

Click here for Financial Aid Information.

Return printed/photocopied application to:
310 Enfield Rd.
Lexington, VA 24450

For inquiries or more information please e-mail director Philip Coulling (director [“at” symbol] or call 540-460-7897.

Summer address (after June 10): 316 Nature Camp Trail, Vesuvius, VA 24483 ph: 540-377-2491

Click here for information about Nature Camp’s annual Adult Session.



Camper applications must be postmarked or submitted electronically no earlier than 15 January 2020.  Submissions before this date will not be accepted. There is no application deadline; applications will be accepted on a “first-come, first-serve” basis after January 15.

A $150 deposit is due with each application. The deposit is non-refundable once an applicant has been accepted.  The balance of payment is due in full by 1 June 2020, after which date all fees are non-refundable.

Please note that current twelfth graders are still eligible to attend First Session the summer after they have graduated from high school. Exceptions to the designated grade ranges for each session may be considered in the event of conflicts.

Notification of acceptance will be mailed within two weeks of the receipt of each application as long as space allows. Detailed information for enrolled campers and a medical form for each individual will follow in the spring. Deposit checks will be held until notification of acceptance is provided. We have capacity for about 40 boys and 48 girls in each session. Applications will continue to be accepted throughout the spring as space allows, but availability cannot be guaranteed. Should a particular session fill, we will place additional applicants on a waiting list and notify them of their status. Once a session fills, applications will be prioritized and processed in order as follows: (1) returning campers, (2) new campers from the 2018 waiting list, (3) other new campers with scholarships, (4) relatives of past campers, and (5) random draw. Every year some accepted campers withdraw their applications, and we endeavor to admit as many campers as we can. If you are placed on the waiting list, we will hold your check until we can offer you a place or until you request its return.

Nature Camp is unique in its academic focus. Since its inception Nature Camp has emphasized hands-on, place-based, experiential education in natural history and environmental studies. All applicants should be advised of the requirements to attend twice-daily classes, to maintain a notebook, to complete all (usually written) assignments, to take part in outdoor activities, and to participate cooperatively in shared duties and responsibilities typical of a summer camp environment. Campers are expected to accept the academic challenges with enthusiasm, commitment and hard work. Our long history has shown that campers typically discover the joy in learning and many have enthusiastically returned for more of what Nature Camp has to offer. Those seeking a purely recreational experience, however, will be unhappy.