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Events and Outings 2019

PERENNIAL CAMPERS – Rapp Nature Camp is happy to continue our series of nature education outings for adults in 2019. We will be offering partial-day courses on a variety of topics including birding, tree id, mushroom hunting, wildflower id, and more! More details including schedule and fees will be announced soon.

Contact us here to sign up or be notified of upcoming Perennial Camper events.

WATERPENNY PLANT SALE – Rapp Nature Camp will have a booth at the Waterpenny Plant Sale – most likely happening the last Saturday in April, 2019

Past Events:

Perennial Campers 2018 Events

Tree Walk on Red Oak Mountain October 21

Dragonfly and damselfly walk on June 2nd

Still-water paddle  on the Shenandoah River, May 23

Sunrise bird walk at Big Meadows May 8th.

Mushroom walk/morel hunt at a secret spot on May 5th.

Bird Walk at Lake Arrowhead, Luray  April 23rd.

Introduction to Birds and Birding April 14

SUMMER CAMP Session 1: (ages 8-12)  June 18 to June 29, 2018
SUMMER CAMP Session 2:  (ages 12 to 16)  July 2 to July 13, 2018
SPECIAL 2-DAY SESSION with CCLC  July 18th-19th, 2018

June 7 – 11, 2018 at Vesuvius, Virginia, where Rapp Nature Camp Director Lyt Wood will again be an instructor. Details to be posted at


Camp Director Lyt Wood has been busy with an ongoing study of clouds and weather. His 18-page Cloudy Packet includes:

  • Introduction to taxonomy of clouds
  • “Key to Clouds”: a key to identification of the 10 genera and 35 species of clouds
  • “Observation Tips”
  • “Cloudy Words”
  • “Cloudy Checklist”
  • Suggested reading and other resources about clouds and weather

Cloudy Packet is useful as an introduction to what has become known as “Cloudspotting,” and as an educational tool. Cloudy Packet is available on request HERE.

“There is nothing in this packet that should be taken seriously. It is meant to be a guide, an incentive, a fun way to encourage everyone to LOOK UP. The clouds in our planet’s atmosphere are always forming, changing, moving and dissipating in wonderful ways, but are, more often than not, ignored and overlooked. (Underlooked?) Even when we want to discern some clues about what the weather will be like tomorrow, or in an hour, almost everyone has a habit of looking DOWN, into one or another hand-held device. What has become known as “cloudspotting” is lots more fun, and far more instructive.”

–from the introduction to Cloudy Packet © 2017 by Lyt Wood



Saturday, April 28th, 2018 – 9am-3pm

  • Free plants!
  • Live music!
  • Figs, pawpaws, Japanese maples, ferns, nectar and pollen plants
  • Food provided by RCHS Culinary Arts program

More information to be announced here and at

  • Perennial Campers, March 18, 4:00 pm Sunday, CCLC shelter ~ 12763 Lee Highway, Washington
    Spring Nature Camp for Adults. Rapp Nature Camp’s “Perennial Campers” will have a chance to take part in Mushroom Hunts, Bird Hikes, Introduction to Birds and Birding, Clouds and Weather, Tree ID, and still-water paddling on the Shenandoah River to observe nesting orioles and carp breeding activity. Lyt Wood, camp director, will provide details on these and other seasonal explorations, and describe Rapp Nature Camp’s experiential, imaginative, phenomenological approach to Nature Observation. No charge and no preregistration is necessary for this initial orientation meeting.
  • Adult Session at Nature Camp, Vesuvius, Virginia: August 18 – 22, 2017: Lyt Wood will be an instructor at Nature Camp’s popular Adult Session, which features many naturalists and professionals in science and education. This year’s theme will be “Then and Now: 75 years of Nature Camp.” Lyt will lead sessions and activities on Environmental Education in Your Community, Flying Things, Cloudspotting, and a field trip to Spy Mountain Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. More information is available at
  • 2017 Rapp Nature Camp Session: June 5-16, 2017
  • May 12, 2017, 8:00pm, Rappahannock County Library:  In conjunction with Shenandoah National Park personnel, Camp Director Lyt Wood will speak on “Hiking the Trails of Rappahannock County.” The speakers will focus on some of the lesser known trails that begin in Rappahannock County at the lower (eastern) side of the park. This presentation is sponsored by the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community.
  • Waterpenny Plant Sale: April 29, 2017 – 9 am til supplies run out!
     Find us on Waterpenny Farm off of Route 211, East of Sperryville, Virginia
       Camp music by The Bubbleheads!
       Stringband music by Mudlarks!
       Free plants!
    • Butterfly nectar plants
    • Pollinator plants
    • Ferns
    • Tree seedlings
    • Figs
    Opportunity to donate to Rapp Nature Camp!
  • March 15, 2017, 1:30pm, Washington Fire Hall, Washington, Virginia
    Rappahannock County Garden Club (meeting open to public)
    Camp Director Lyt Wood will give presentation on Rapp Nature Camp’s educational program:
    “Children and Nature: What is right for our times?”