Ipswich River Day Camps Registration Information

Campers at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

We offer a variety of one- and two-week sessions for campers ages 4–14 as well as Leaders-in-Training opportunities for teens ages 14–16. Register for camp today and get ready to discover, explore, and play outside this summer!

How to Register | Payment | Health Forms & Waivers 
Additional Information


How to Register

  • Register online beginning in January
  • By phone: 978-887-9264
  • By mail or in person: Print and complete the registration form attached to our camp brochure, and mail or bring it with payment to:  
    Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, c/o Ipswich River Day Camps, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983

Enrollment Confirmation

After your child’s registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation letter by e-mail with a link to Camp Health Forms & Waivers, which must be completed annually in order to attend camp, as well as other important camp information.

After Camp Option

We offer an After Camp program from 3–4 pm for campers enrolled in full-day sessions in Topsfield. Registration is required. Any pickups after 4:10 pm accrue a $1 per minute fee.


Payment

Deposit

A nonrefundable, nontransferable $50 deposit fee per camper per session is required to register for camp. This fee will be applied to your camp tuition. If registering after May 1, payment in full is required.

Camp Tuition

The balance of your camp tuition is due by May 1, unless a payment plan has been established. If registering after May 1, payment in full is required. If this deadline is missed, we cannot guarantee your spot.

Discounts

Mass Audubon members at the Family Membership level or above receive a discounted rate on camp. To receive the member rate, your membership must be current through your camper’s last session. If you are not yet a member, you can join during the registration process. Your membership helps us to protect the nature of Massachusetts and connect children with nature!

We also offer a 10% multi-session discount for one-week camps at our Topsfield location. Offer only applies to individual campers attending multiple weeks.

Financial Aid

Limited camp scholarships are available. We provide financial assistance based on demonstrated economic need and available funds. This is limited to one session per child; however all applications are considered. To apply, mail or bring the Financial Aid Application to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, c/o Ipswich River Day Camps, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983. Applications must be received by April 15 and are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Refund Policy

A full refund, minus the nonrefundable deposit, is provided for camp families who cancel in writing on or before May 15. After May 15 no refund is available. Lost deposits are not transferable to other families, and refunds are not given for participant dismissal, failure to attend, absence, or sick days. If we must cancel a session, you will receive a full refund.


Health Forms & Waivers

Camper Health Forms and Waivers are due by May 1. If registering after May 1, a specific camper form deadline date will be set for you. Completed forms are required for campers to attend camp. If this deadline is missed, we cannot guarantee your spot and a $50 fee per camper will be charged.


Additional Information

Camper Requirements

Due to the outdoor and exploratory nature of our camp program, campers must be able to move about on uneven terrain. Campers are expected to participate meaningfully in age-appropriate activities, including nature study. All campers must follow stated behavior expectations and safety rules. If you have any questions regarding your child’s ability to participate fully in our camp program, please contact the camp director.