Ipswich River Day Camp at Marblehead Program Descriptions & Hours

Camper at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Located at Hamond Nature Center in Marblehead, campers ages 5–12 learn about nature, meet new friends, and have fun as they explore forest, field, pond, and coastal habitats. Small group sizes allow us to provide a high-quality educational experience and a welcoming, supportive environment.

Camp Hours

  • Full-Day: 8:30 am–3 pm
  • After Camp: 3–4 pm (optional, registration required)

One-Week Theme Sessions (ages 5–6, full day)

One-week themed sessions blend outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, games, songs, and crafts. Sessions are offered in July, and age groups include:

Marblehead Young Explorers (ages 5–6)
This camp is designed to encourage the natural interest young children have in the world around them. Campers will take nature hikes, go on scavenger hunts, and participate in sensory awareness activities to learn more about nature. Nature crafts, songs, and games will round out this week of fun and discovery. 

Marblehead Explorers (ages 7–12)
Campers are divided into two age groups: ages 7–8 and ages 9–12. One-week themed programs for children. Campers will have fun in nature while increasing their knowledge about plants and animals. They will learn how to use scientific equipment including sweep nets, binoculars, and microscopes. Nature games and arts and crafts are incorporated into each of the fun themes.


Optional After Camp Program

Need a later pick-up? Our trained camp staff will supervise campers enrolled in our After Camp program, which is offered from 3-4 pm for campers enrolled in full-day sessions at Topsfield and Marblehead.

Preregistration is required. When registering online, you will be offered the chance to enroll during checkout.


What Other's Are Saying...

“The best thing about camp was going on hikes and using butterfly nets to catch butterflies and dragonflies.”—Camper

“Your camp was a very valuable and productive week for our granddaughters.”—Camp Grandparent