Camp McDowell

Fall Family Field Trips coming to Camp McDowell


Farm life is part of Camp McDowell. Classes on harvesting food and bringing it to the table will be given on the field trips this fall.
NAUVOO - Many, if not all, local schools have no field trips planned this year, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Family vacations could be at a standstill. But right in Winston County’s backyard is a spectacular place that is offering families time together.

Magnolia School at Camp McDowell is Alabama’s first

The Magnolia School at Camp McDowell: back row, from left are Jess Lingle, child care assistant; Chase; Isaac and Julie Camp, director. Front row, Ashtin; Alex; Jami; Annie Emerson, Magnolia Nature School teacher and Betsy.

NAUVOO - One of Winston County’s secluded spots is at Camp McDowell, on Clear Creek near the Walker County line. It was purchased by the Alabama Diocese in 1946 and made into the camp it is today. A multi-faceted facility brimming with stunning architecture, one of the highlights has become known as Alabama’s first nature pre-school: Magnolia Nature School at Camp McDowell.

Camp McDowell closes

NAUVOO - As of Monday, March 16, at 1:30 p.m., Camp McDowell will close due to coronavirus 2019. The camp plans to reopen Monday, April 6, as of right now. Those who have events scheduled between March 16 and April 6, should receive a phone call from camp operators.