A Day at BNC Summer Camp

campers at Mass Audubon Boston Nature Center

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

7:30 am–8:30 am

Optional Before Camp Program

Campers can choose from a number of quiet activities, including board games, cards, or birdwatching using our binoculars. (Registration required.)

8:30 am–9:30 am

Drop-off and Choice Time

Campers can play a variety of board games, relax and read a book, create a nature-inspired art project, head outside to play tag or soccer, or spend time in the Nature Nook making mud pies and building forts, or go wherever their imaginations take them.

9:30 am–10:00 am

Morning Circle

The whole camp starts the day together at Morning Circle. We sing songs, tell silly jokes, and do stretches to get ready for a full day of nature exploration.

10:00 am–12:30 pm

Nature Exploration

Campers explore the week’s theme through a nature-based, age-appropriate curriculum. In small groups they venture out for activities like hiking, gardening, dramatic play, meadow sweeping, designing scientific experiments, building solar ovens, and more. Every week includes elements of art, literacy, and math.

12:30 pm–1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Lawn and Nature Nook

The entire camp comes together on the Activity Lawn to play games, explore the Nature Nook, or relax under the shade tree.

2:00 pm-4:20 pm

Activities, Crafts, and Games

Campers continue to learn about the theme of the week through nature games, specialized art projects, and gardening. Each Wednesday, the camp takes part in a special All-Camp activity like Earth Carnival, Camp Clue, or the BNC Talent Show.

4:20 pm–4:30 pm

Afternoon Blob

The entire camp comes together under the Shade Tree to share notes on interesting nature sightings of the day, sing songs, and hear camp announcements.

4:30 pm–5:30 pm

Pick-up and Choice Time

Campers have another opportunity to connect with their friends and have supervised Choice Time while waiting to be picked up by their families.

5:30 pm–6:30 pm

Optional After Camp Program

Campers can choose from a number of quiet activities including board games and cards, or visit with the BNC’s educational animals. (Registration required.)


What Others Are Saying . . .

“Every day he came home telling us about bird beaks and wings, how lightning works, and all about different animal habitats (loved hearing him using new words like that). He really loved the field trip to Blue Hills and told us a lot about that experience.”

“There was lots of running around time to make up games and I learned nature things and the times I had to sit down weren't boring because there were stories and songs.”

“What did my child like best about camp? EVERYTHING!!!! She said she'd like to go back for 100 weeks next year. She liked the nature nook, songs, outside time, and arts and crafts.”