Opportunities to Come to Camp

This page lists immediate opportunities to come to camp. See the Camp Calendar (at the bottom of the site) to see what else is happening. If you're interested in using camp's facilities for an event or special occasion, please call us at 205-387-1806. We would love to see you at Wonderful Wonderful Camp McDowell!



June 11, 2018 - June 13, 2018

Join us for a three day, two-night experience learning about local rocks and fossils. We'll be unveiling a new locally-relevant curriculum unit, aligned with AL, TN, GA, and MS science standards and Next Generation Science Standards, that you'll be able to implement in your classroom right away. AMSTI credits are available.

Register here to reserve your spot today! There is a $25 fee to hold your spot, but the three day, two-night experience is fully grant funded. Thanks to the Kaul Foundation and Susan Mott-Webb Foundation for their support!

Questions? Contact trish@campmcdowell.com

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Teacher Workshops - Agricultural Advocates: Farming as Teaching!!!!

June 18, 2018 - June 20, 2018

Learn more about how important farming is to Alabama, Enjoy harvesting food straight from the Earth and prepping a Farm-to-Table meal. Learn about raised beds, greenhouses, and animal husbandry (goats, chickens, and pigs).

This workshop is sponsored by Legacy. Please learn more and register by visiting http://legacyenved.org/educator-workshops/


Fall Fling

October 27, 2017 - October 29, 2017

Camp-style weekend for all 5th & 6th graders! Fun, fellowship, and a faith-based program led by summer camp counselors! Come see old friends and make new ones at this wonderful, wonderful retreat on Clear Creek (aka "down the hill")! Register HERE

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Alabama Folk School Winter 2017 Workshops

2017 marks the ten-year anniversary of the Alabama Folk School. We will celebrate the milestone in style with 3-day, 4-day, and week-long programs in folk art and music.

Classes include:

banjo * blacksmithing * canning and food preservation * didgeridoo * fiddle * folk art painting * garment sewing * Gee's Bend quilting * guitar * gumbo academy * harmony singing * Kentuck Artists in Residence * labyrinth * old time repertoire * polymer clay * songwriting * stone mosaics * ukulele * wooden boat building

Join us this year in celebrating #10YearsOfFolk. Registration is already open for many classes and others will open in the coming months.


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Family Farm to Table - Fall Weekend 2017

November 17, 2017 - November 19, 2017

A family-friendly fall weekend of food, farm, and faith. Harvest food straight from the earth, milk a goat, hold a rabbit, prep a farm-to-table meal, and a sip and learn in a "Garden to Glass" class with the knowledgeable and fun-loving McDowell Farm School Staff! Participate in optional activities like stitching and leaf-pounding for the March Quilt, yoga, and hiking. Enjoy story-telling, camp music, and thoughtful faith-based discussion on the theology of creation by the Rev. Bentley Manning. If you are seeking quality time with the people you call family, THIS IS IT! Join us! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


Teacher Workshop - Mountains to the Gulf Expedition

June 24, 2018 - July 1, 2018

This is our sixth Mountains to the Gulf (M2G) event. Many past participants have called this the most amazing 8 days of a teacher’s professional life!

Camp McDowell partners with several other organizations in an amazing teacher expedition called Mountains to the Gulf. A group of twenty-five teachers from across Alabama is selected to travel the state of Alabama for a week with some of the Southeast’s top experts on geology, watersheds, herpetology, and ecology. Some of the experts who participate are Dr. Jim Lacefield, author of Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks, Dr. Bill Deutsch, founder of Alabama Water Watch, Trish Smrecek, geologist and paleontologist, and Jimmy Stiles, herpetologist. They guide the teacher group through all ecoregions of the state.

Stops are made along the way at Little River Canyon, Cheaha State Park, Montgomery, and Dauphin Island. We gather fossils from roadside cuts and stream beds in Southern Alabama. The final two days are spent at Dauphin Island Sea Lab where we explore salt marsh estuaries and go out on their research vessel to trawl and learn about the living species in our gulf waters. We stay in hotel style lodging along the way and travel in a charter bus.

The primary sponsor for M2G is Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education (www.getthetag.com). Other partners include Environmental Education Association of Alabama (EEAA), Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Alabama Water Watch and, of course, McDowell Environmental Center.

To register or learn more information go to the Legacy website!

For more information about any of these, please contact Maggie Johnston at maggie@campmcdowell.com with “2018 educator workshops” in the subject line.