Summer Camps

Where the WILD Things Are Nature Camp 
Monday, July 23 - Friday July 27
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Ages: 10-12
Catch frogs, build a fort, seine for fish, walk in a stream, paddle a canoe, and squish your toes in the marsh!  Enjoy a week of outdoor summer fun along the Patuxent River at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary.  Campers will discover new animals and habitats every day through nature exploration, crafts, and games. Scholarships available.
$175 for FOJB members Active Net Activity #12827
$200 for non-FOJB members Active Net Activity #12826


Into the WILD Camp Nature Camp
Monday, August 13 - Friday August 17
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Ages: 13-15

This isn’t your normal summer nature camp! Campers will get hands on with the WILD world by paddling the river, wading through the marsh, exploring an archaeological site, and trying on wildlife research skills. Campers will also put their map reading and compass use to the test to discover secrets of the Sanctuary. Scholarships available.

Please note: This camp has an optional overnight from Thursday into Friday. Details provided in the confirmation packet.

$175 for FOJB members Active Net Activity #12828
$200 for non-FOJB members Active Net Activity #12829



Camp scholarships are available from the Friends of Jug Bay.  For more information call the Sanctuary at (410) 741-9330 or email

Registration Information (coming in March 2017):

Required Forms for Registered Campers:
The following forms will be sent to the parents after registration.  All forms must be completed for campers at least 7 days before the camp start date.

Explore the Patuxent: Teen Leadership Paddle
Dates TBA
Entering 9th – 12th grades in Fall 2018
Cost:  $200 ($175 FOJB members)

The Teen Leadership Paddle is a five-day (with 3 nights camping) canoeing expedition geared towards high school students. The program gives teens a chance to practice leadership & teamwork skills as they navigate the river, measure water quality, camp by the riverside and prepare meals together. Paddlers enjoy a unique, on-the-water experience that features educational programming and builds a strong stewardship ethic for the river and its natural resources. Campers will become immersed in Patuxent River issues and explore their role in solving them. We are capping registration at 12 participants to maintain a hands-on learning environment. Application deadline: May 25. Scholarships available. 

(Mon)    Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. Canoe safety and team building
(Tues)    Mid-Patuxent River, canoe launching at the 4-H Center near Bowie, MD, ending a Patuxent River Park near Upper Marlboro (Fri) 

Price includes meals, camp sites, safety training, educational programming, and canoe. Tents and other gear not included (a limited supply of loaner equipment is available.)  Coordinated by: Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Patuxent River Park