Boston Nature Center Day Camps

campers at Mass Audubon Boston Nature Center


Boston Nature Center Day Camps in Mattapan and West Roxbury combine outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, and science education, helping campers to grow and connect with the world around them. Our caring and experienced camp staff work hard to create a safe and inclusive atmosphere for all children. Set amidst acres of beautiful habitat, our camps provide a unique nature experience in the middle of the city!

Whether hiking in the woods or bird watching in the meadow, campers ages 5 to 15 have fun while learning about nature! We offer weekly sessions at two camp sites: Mattapan and West Roxbury. Both sites have more than 60 acres of outdoor space and beautiful buildings for time spent indoors, and they’re accessible by public transportation.

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Camp groups include:

Younger Campers (ages 5–9)

  • Owls (age 5)
  • Hawks (ages 6–7)
  • Falcons (ages 8–9)

Older Campers (ages 10–15)

  • Ravens (ages 10–11)
  • Adventurers (ages 12–13)
  • Leaders-in-Training (ages 14–15)

No two days are alike at camp, but this sample schedule gives an overview of daily activities and flow.

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We believe camp is a place where children can grow as individuals, spend quality time outdoors, and have a fun summer experience. Through engaging activities, free play, and wonderful camp traditions, children learn about themselves and others while having a great time. We are proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). 

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Well-trained counselors and junior counselors build a safe and supportive atmosphere where campers can learn, have fun, and share in the joy and excitement of the outdoors. Low counselor-to-camper ratios ensure that children stay safe and are engaged with role models who are creative, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic.

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New Adventures for Our Adventurers!

This year we have added a second overnight and new themes for Adventurers (ages 12–13), including:

Ready, Set, Renewables

Campers will design, build, and test robotics powered by the sun as they learn about the importance of renewable energy and focus on green technology.

Iron Chef BNC

Campers will use fresh ingredients harvested from the BNC garden to complete cooking challenges and bake-offs as they come to understand the importance of locally grown food.

Adventurers who attend Week 3 (July 10–14) or Week 8 (August 14–18) at our Mattapan location can choose to stay overnight at Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp in Rindge, NH, where they’ll join residential campers for meals and activities, stay in tents, canoe on Hubbard Pond, toast s’mores around the campfire, and more!