The Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies (BCWS) is both a wildlife sanctuary, managed to promote conservation and a balanced ecology, and an educational facility. BCWS incorporates current research into its conservation practices in its efforts to maintain a healthy ecosystem. BCWS embraces the best current educational practices, employing hands-on exploration, quiet contemplation, and physical activity in a range of group sizes.
The purpose of the summer camp is to nurture in children and teens a respect for and sensitivity to the natural world through greater knowledge of self and nature. The campers develop this through direct interactions with nature, learning scientific information, and gaining experiences as part of a community.