Arcadia Nature Day Camp | Program Descriptions & Hours

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Sessions have campers ages 4–16 discovering and learning about habitats and wildlife found in Connecticut River Valley. Small group sizes allow us to provide a high-quality educational experience and a welcoming, supportive environment. Daily activities include trail explorations, habitat investigations, hands-on activities, wildlife observation, creative games and crafts, and more. Each day a new adventure awaits! 

Camp Hours

  • Half Day: 9:00 am–Noon (Woolly Bears only)
  • Full Day: 9:00 am–3:00 pm
  • After Camp Option: 3:00–4:30 pm

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Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Nature Camp Sessions (ages 4–12)


Woolly Bears (ages 4–6)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5
This half-day mini-camp will introduce your child to the wonders of nature through games, hikes, and crafts. Each day begins with group Circle Time along with a nature theme-related skit, puppet show, or story. Campers should bring a snack each day. 


Hummingbirds (ages 4–6)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5
Hummingbirds learn about the different ecosystems at Arcadia and the plants and animals that inhabit them. Campers begin their initiation to the natural world through hikes, hands-on learning, and sensory awareness activities, such as scavenger hunts and creative play

Fireflies (ages 6–12)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio (age 6): 1 to 5
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio (ages 7+): 1 to 8
Campers will meet for morning and afternoon circle, during which they will be divided by age into groups for hiking and group time. The entire group will reconvene for choice activities such as shelter-building or Create-a-Critter. We will also play the popular all-camp game of "Predator/Prey."

Kingfishers (ages 7–9)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8
Kingfishers explore the far reaches of the sanctuary, including our much-loved clay pits and the stream beds on daily outings. Campers begin to piece together the web of life and understand the meaning of community on various levels. 

Great Blue Herons (ages 9–12)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8
Great Blue Herons will participate in a real research project such as monitoring vernal pools, digging for and documenting endangered mussel species, or participating in dragonfly or butterfly atlases. The expedition for Great Blue Herons will take place at nearby Mount Tom State Reservation. Great Blue Herons also explore the wetlands via canoe (weather permitting). 

Specialty Sessions (ages 10–16)

Art Camp (ages 10–14)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8
Campers will discover the artist within themselves. Throughout the week they will work on a three-dimensional nature sculpture as well as several paintings, using both watercolor and traditional Chinese painting techniques. Campers will hike the trails using an artist eye to observe the natural world.

Nature Photography Camp (ages 10–16)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8
Campers will learn how to use a digital camera to take awesome nature photographs, which they’ll use to create their own nature journals. Each day will include a hike or canoe trip. Afternoons will allow time to review images and learn photography tips and techniques, and of course play a few camp games. 

Bird Camp (ages 12–16)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8
This is for campers who love birds! This week combines on-site birding at Arcadia with a canoe trip as well as field trips to local birding hot spots. Campers will witness bird banding up close and learn how to identify birds by both sound and sight.

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Naturalists-in-Training (ages 14–18)

Naturalists-in-Training (NITs) gain valuable leadership skills while assisting camp counselors in administering camp activities.

An application is required—please contact the Camp Office to request one. Applicants will be interviewed and notified of acceptance. 

Extended Day Option

After Camp (3:00–4:30 pm) • July 9-August 17 

Campers enrolled in our optional After Camp program can play games, read books, and enjoy crafts.

Available July 9-August 17.

Preregistration is required. Select desired dates for this optional program during checkout when enrolling online. 

Overnight Camp at Wildwood

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Is your child ready to try an overnight camp experience? Check out Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp, located in Rindge, NH! With outdoor exploration programs for boys and girls ages 9–17, Wildwood is the perfect next step for your day camp-lover.

What Others Are Saying

“My child came home excited about something new at camp every day!”

“My son asked: Do I get to go to Arcadia every summer?”

“The birding camp is GREAT as always! Thanks again for another interesting and inspiring camp!”