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Founded in 1929 by A.B. Brooks, TerraAlta Mountain Camp has served as a training ground for the country’s leadingnaturalists for over 80 years.  BorderingTerra Alta Lake, the camp covers 18 acres that include habitat for rareorchids, ferns, flowering, spurge, warblers, thrushes, kinglets, and vireos.
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Photo courtesy of Joan Kerns

Oglebay Institute’s Mountain NatureCamp offers adults the opportunity to explore, discover, and share in the richand unique Appalachian highland habitat. Through class discussions, lectures and field study, our campers willleave with a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural world andthe Appalachian region.

The staff at Terra Altaincludes college professors, internationally recognized naturalists, andprofessional interpreters that strive to teach both beginners and experts.  The camp is designed for those that are justbeginning to explore nature as well as experienced naturalists that want toresearch new habitats, see new birds, and experience an environment thatcelebrates learning, discussing, exploring, and protecting our world in apristine mountain camp.

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2014 Camp Dates
June 12-15
Birding Week
June 15-21
Mountain Nature Camp
June 27-29
Family Nature Camp
July 10-13
Survival Skills Weekend
August 7-10
Invertebrates Study Weekend

The vision forged by the 81-year tradition of Terra Alta experience is more thanever relevant today: enable people through the experience of the beauty of thenatural setting to appreciate the marvels of nature and to encourage truestewardship of its wonders.
Photo of a group conducting a project
Photo courtesy of Joan Kerns

Click here to download the Mountain Nature Camp registration form.

Schrader Environmental Education Center at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003 | 304-242-6855

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