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An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2
Environmental Quality Award Winner for Environmental Education

Enroll your children or students in our exciting and award-winning outdoor education programs.

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♦ The Environmental Rangers enrolls ages 12 to 18.

♦ Small group sizes for Individual Attention!

We maintain a maximum limit of Five Children per Adult staff/volunteer

♦ Talk to us about special Eco-tours and classroom presentations for children younger than 12 years.

The exotic Mandahl Bay Beach, Salt Pond and Mangrove Lagoon Eco-system is right on our doorstep and hosts literally thousands of species.

We have area-experienced guides and educators with outdoor safety and rescue training to help assure visitors a safe and up-close look at the eco-system’s hidden treasures*.

ADA Compliant Tours and Programs available!*

Exposure to the wild has shown benefits for many physically and/or mentally challenged individuals. We can accommodate or customize to most special needs provided we are informed in advance of your special situation.*

Family and Special Occasion Tours

We are ready whenever you are. You do not have to be a Ranger to partake of Camp Umoja’s activities and Eco-learning experiences. Your family, school club or organization’s fun day committee, etc. can enjoy a half or full day of Eco-Activities centered around your schedule.

♦ Year-round Community Eco-activities ranging from composting and agriculture to wildlife research and telescope stargazing.

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BOOK A MANDAHL ECO-SYSTEM EDUCATIONAL TOUR AND FUN DAY

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VIEWS OF THE CAMP ECO-SYSTEM

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NEW ATTRACTIONS OPENING SOON TO THE PUBLIC:

♦ The Camp Umoja Stellar Observatory

Blood Moon, April 4, 2014, East End, St. Thomas. ©karlcallwood

With very sparse human development in the region, night time is dark and the stars really shine! Camp Umoja’s hilltop view location provides prime stargazing views East, North and West! After several successful community telescope stargazing nights, plans are now underway for the installation of a permanent telescope platform.

In the meantime, stellar activities are held from time-to-time on a temporary viewing platform on the hillside using the portable high power telescope of volunteer, Richard Callwood III

Stargazing nights are free admission, low noise, family nights.

 

♦ The Marine Center at Camp Umoja

Puffer at rest for the night in a few inches of lagoon water.

A small-scale educational life-studies aquarium for youth is being created in the Marine Center Building at Mandahl Bay. The facility is designed to study, and show off to the public, regional life with zero Eco-system impact.

♦ Year-Round Overnight Camping for Youth and Adults

An Environmental Ranger assists co-founder Alcedo Francis with construction of a new campsite cabin.

We are continually maintaining and improving services on the camp ground to ensure safe and pleasant experiences for our visitors. To do this we sometimes have to close sections or curtail certain services. Overnight camping has been suspended for the time being while low-impact improvements and routine maintenance work is done on natural camping areas and trails.

Day-time tours and educational activities are not affected by the temporary closures.

Year-round Overnight Camping will return to Camp Umoja in the near future. Use the “Subscribe” box in the right hand column to be updated on camp activities and events.


DIRECTIONS TO CAMP UMOJA’S CAMPGROUND

Camp Umoja’s 10.9 acre campground is located on the North-East side of St. Thomas and abuts the beautiful Mandahl Bay Beach, Salt Pond and Mangrove Lagoon.

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(Instead of making a left to enter Mandahl Beach, turn right at the bottom of Salt Pond Road. From there Campground entrance is 100 feet to the right.)

 Use the ©Google Map for directions to our Mandahl Bay area campsite.


 

*Spending time quality outdoors is a great way to keep physically and mentally fit. While generally safe and healthy on the whole, all outdoor activities come with certain inherent risks from the environment to you and/or your health. You will typically be safer, learn better and observe more wildlife using the services of our area-experienced guides. Before engaging in strenuous outdoor activities such as hiking, exposure to harsh sunlight or rains, or extended swimming/kayaking to name a few, see a doctor to make certain you are healthy enough. Our volunteers and staff consist of educators and trained safety-and-rescue personnel. If you have special needs, let us know and we may be able to custom-tailor a safe, educational and enjoyable day for you.