McDowell Environmental Center

Plan Your Trip

Teacher Planning

Screen Shot 2024-05-09 at 1.31.20 PM.png

Thank you for choosing us to deliver hands-on learning experiences to your students! We are happy to answer any questions you have.

Trips run Monday-Wednesday or Wednesday-Friday from late February - May and September - December.

Reservations for our 2024-25 calendar will open on September 1st, 2024.

To inquire about a trip or funding assistance, contact mecdirector@campmcdowell.org.

greeting fun.jpeg

Planning Information

Want to learn more or book a trip? Contact us to find dates that work for you. Questions about an existing trip? Contact us for assistance.

Once you have confirmed your trip dates, we will contact you with more information and due dates for the contract and forms below:

Parent / Guardian FAQ

We are so glad your student is joining us at McDowell Environmental Center! Our staff is ready to make your student feels comfortable at camp while encouraging them to explore, discover, and try new things in our canyons, creeks, and forests! Below, you’ll find information about lodging, meals, medication, and packing. If you have any further questions, please reach out! pc@campmcdowell.org | 205-387-1806 ext. 108.

Parent Letter & Packing List - includes Medication Packing Sheet (overnight trip)

Parent Letter & Packing List (day trip)

Lodging & Dining

  • cabin.png
  • BethanyCabin Inside.jpg
  • Cabin.jpg


McDowell Environmental Center has 12 cabins all with heating and air conditioning split units. Each cabin sleep between 12-20 people and has 2-3 showers, sinks, and toilet stalls. We require at least one adult provided by the school to stay in each cabin with students, but we recommend at least two adults per cabin. Separate lodging for teachers is available if enough parents are brought as chaperones for cabins and space is available. Teacher or separate lodging is assigned based on the return of the Trip Planning Form.

  • eppes front.jpeg
  • MEC eppes.jpeg
  • staff table.jpg
  • Screen Shot 2024-01-24 at 11.56.29 AM.png


Kid-friendly meals are prepared and served by our talented food service staff and served family-style in the Eppes dining hall. Certain times of the year, the dining hall incorporates fresh vegetables and eggs from McDowell Farm School.

Dietary Accommodations: Vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, and *gluten free* (not celiac-safe) dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice on the Health Form, which must be complete before arrival. *Gluten cross-contamination is possible. If you need to pack food to ensure your or your student’s safety, please contact pc@campmcdowell.org for more information!

"This place lives up to that reputation. It's special. We're hooked." - Katherine House; teacher from St. Mary's