More Than Just a Field Trip

We move students beyond their school desk into a hands-on and cooperative learning environment.

In our beautiful setting, children engage with the natural world and discover the joy of learning. We design our classes to meet the needs of visiting schools. All programs are age and grade appropriate.


Day Programs

Our year-round interactive and experiential day programs supplement your students’ classroom experience.

  • Advanced Aquatic Ecology
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Astronomy
  • Bird Study
  • Canoeing
  • Catawba Culture
  • Challenge Course - Low Elements
  • Compass
  • Environmental Debate
  • Fish Dissection and Seine Fishing
  • Fishing and Fish ID
  • Forest Ecology
  • Group Dynamics
  • High Ropes Challenge
  • Living History
  • Meelewing - Character Development
  • Meteorology
  • Nature Art
  • Pioneer Life
  • Soil Study
  • Wildlife Ecology
Evening Programs

Schools that spend the night at camp get to experience our fun evening programs facilitated by our educators. YMCA Camp Thunderbird staff lead activities for groups from 6:30-8:30 PM. A typical evening program format includes two 45-minute activities with a 15-minute snack break.

Choose two or customize your own evening program.

  • Action Auction
  • Campfire and Skits
  • Customize
  • Dance
  • Liars Club
  • Nature Movie
  • Night Hike
  • Science Fair
  • Wacky Olympics