Big Bald Vacation Bird School 2018


Big Bald Vacation Bird School 2018: July 9-13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Students from Madison, Yancey, and Buncombe counties are invited to join us for Big Bald Vacation Bird School (VBS), a five-day bird study experience for rising 5th-7th graders. Participants will take part in daily expeditions into the Big Bald habitat via the Appalachian Trail to explore the natural history and habitat of bird communities. Activities include literature readings, creative writing, applied arts, nest searching, bird banding and data collection techniques to help see, identify and understand birds and the ecology of the Southern Appalachian mountains.


VBS 2108 will be held July 9-13, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuition is $250. Due to grant funding, full and partial scholarships are available to Yancey and Madison Co. residents. Our base camp for the week is located in the Wolf Laurel community of Madison Co. Transportation from Mars Hill will be provided for students traveling from outer areas.  

VBS is offered by Southern Appalachian Raptor Research (SARR), a nonprofit organization of people passionate about birds of all types, including birds of prey and the environments they inhabit in the southern Appalachians.  Registration materials are available at  For additional information, email us at   Our Facebook page is at