Academic Summer Programs

The wildlife science summer program at Lees-McRae College is designed to offer a summer academic enrichment program to students who (1) have completed at least their freshmen year of high school and (2) are currently enrolled in or have completed a high school level biology course. Participants have the choice of two sessions as described below.

Wildlife Science Summer Program

June 20–26

This program is designed for high school students who have an interest in conservation, animal medicine and wildlife studies. Participants will be introduced to active wildlife biology, veterinary, animal conservation and wildlife rehabilitation programs, gaining exposure to patient care and education at the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.  

Advanced Wildlife Science
Summer Program

June 27–July 3

This program is designed for high school students interested in pursuing a college education in the wildlife field. Successful participants will have attended a previous wildlife camp at Lees-McRae or have previous experience working with and handling wildlife. Participants will work in a clinical setting alongside mentors and staff, engage in advanced wildlife studies, conduct education programs and tour parts of western North Carolina to study wildlife.

Participants in both programs must be rising sophomores or above.


The cost per session is $750. This includes lodging and meals, instruction, materials and supplies, field trips, transportation during camp, and a camp t-shirt. Participants in the WSSP will have the opportunity to actively study wildlife biology, veterinary science, conservation, and wildlife rehabilitation from both academic and experiential learning approaches. For participants who would like to attend both sessions, the total cost is $1,400. 

Please make checks payable to Lees-McRae College and mail to:
Lees-McRae College
Attn: Kelly Collins
Lees-McRae College Summer Programs
PO Box 128 Banner Elk, NC 28604


You may pay online using our secure payment service. An electronic payment service fee of 2.7% for all credit/debit card transactions will apply.

Please note: A $50 application deposit is required. After completing the application form, you will be directed to a payment window. You must pay $50 at minimum, or you can go ahead and pay the full program amount ($750 per session, $1,400 for both). Applications will not be reviewed until the deposit has been made.


Registration will open on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

The Wildlife Summer Camp Scholarship at Lees-McRae College is awarded to students who have successfully completed the Wildlife Summer Program at Lees-McRae and is valued at $1,000 per academic year. Students must be admitted and enrolled at Lees-McRae to qualify for this scholarship. 

Contact Us

Kelly Collins
Program Supervisor
Assistant Professor of Biology 

Kelly Shirah
Admissions Specialist