Arcadia Nature Day Camp
Mass Audubon's Arcadia Nature Day Camp is what summer is all about— learning through exploration, hands-on/minds-on activities, and cooperative games all on our beautiful wildlife sanctuary and the various habitats it offers. Children are encouraged to explore, discover, and question the constantly changing world around them, to understand its workings, and marvel at its creations. Teamwork is stressed as highly as individual thoughts and opinions. Campers learn to grow as people, and merge with the natural world without upsetting its balance.
Becoming aware of one’s environment and learning to respect and preserve that environment is an important focus of our programs. Our camp serves children from the Connecticut River Valley and Hilltowns in Massachusetts with an interest in nature.
Arcadia's Nature Day Camp takes place on 4 miles of protected land. Our forests, fields and vernal pools provide a perfect setting for explorations of different ecological communities. Campers have a unique opportunity to observe and enjoy plants and animals. The sanctuary is a living laboratory where campers investigate pond, field and forest. We explore nature through hikes, games and songs. Arts and crafts take their cue from nature as well; recycled art sculptures, gnome homes, spore prints, and dirt painting are just a few examples of the wide variety of activities that might be shared during a camp session.
Our camp staff is offered a special week-long intensive training in natural history, child development and safety. Staff are trained in CPR and First Aid. Arcadia is accredited by the American Camping Association, and meets both the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and American Camping Association standards for their program, staffing, training, counselor:camper ratios, health and safety policies, site and facilities, and administration.
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