BNC Summer Camp in Mattapan

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Whether hiking in the woods or bird watching in the meadow, campers ages 5–15 have fun while learning about nature! We offer weekly sessions at our Boston Nature Center (BNC) site in Mattapan, which features acres of a beautiful wildlife sanctuary that provides a unique nature experience for the urban explorer.

Campers can discover the dance of the honey bees in the observation hive, observe tree swallows in the meadow, or pick kale in the one of the largest community gardens in Boston. The sanctuary has trails, meadows, forests, gardens, and beautiful indoor space at the George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center.

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Boston Nature Center
500 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan, MA 02126
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Camp will be open for summer 2021. Families who did not sign up during the registration period (February 3-15) may add their names to the waitlist for BNC Camps.

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2021 Camp Sessions & Dates

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Nature Camps

Monday–Friday • 8:30 am–5:00 pm

Owls (ages 5–6)
Weekly sessions June 21–September 3
Owls explore the wonders of nature using their five senses. Each day is filled with art activities, learning games, outdoor/nature exploration, and camp songs. This full-day program includes a rest time followed by more play and outdoor exploration. Campers must be 5 years old prior to the start of their session.

Hawks (ages 6–7)
Weekly sessions June 21–September 3
Hawks investigate the outdoors through science experiments and creative play. Each day is a blend of outdoor play and structured activities, providing different avenues for campers to connect with nature and each other.

Falcons (ages 7–9)
Weekly sessions June 21–September 3
Falcons learn how to develop and test their own ideas to gain a better understanding of nature through discovery and hands on-activities. Whether practicing science or art or team building, campers are encouraged to follow new interests and learn new skills.

Ravens (ages 10–11)
Weekly sessions June 21–September 3
Ravens learn through focused outdoor exploration and guided experiments to understand the natural world in greater depth. Through inquiry-based activities, they are encouraged to follow and build on their own interests.

Adventurers (ages 12–13)
Weekly sessions June 21–September 3
Adventurers engage in a variety of hands-on activities that encourage self-direction, leadership skill building, and teamwork. Through multifaceted projects, adventurers learn about complex science concepts and environmental issues such as Farm to Table, Renewable Energy, and Climate Change.

Special & Teen Programs

Monday–Friday • Full-day

Farm Trekkers (ages 9–10 & 11–13)
One-week sessions
Farm Trekkers is a partnership between Boston Nature Center and Drumlin Farm. Each week the program will bring together 10 Boston-area and 10 Lincoln-area children for a camp experience focused around food and farming. Children will have up-close time caring for the farm animals (cows, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, and pony), explore the varied habitats of Drumlin Farm and the Boston Nature Center (field, forest, wetlands), work in the crop fields and gardens, and taste food that they gathered themselves.

  • AGES 9–10: June 28-July 2, July 12–16, July 26–30
  • AGES 11–13: July 5–9, July 19–23, August 2–6

Environmental Leadership Teen Program (ages 13–15)
One-week sessions June 21–25, August 9–13, & August 16–20
Nature needs the next generation of environmental leaders to be ready. The goal of our Environmental Leadership Teen (ELT) program is to equip and encourage teens to be effective environmental advocates, learn about civic action and be conservation leaders in their homes and communities.  During each session, BNC educators will guide teens as they develop their individual leadership and community-building skills as well as support them as they develop their own style and voice. Each group of Environmental Leadership Teen Program participants will also focus on an environmental challenge or environmental justice issue and how to apply their leadership skills to make a positive impact on the world.   

Counselors-In-Training (ages 14–15)
One-week sessions June 28–July 2 & August 2–6
This is a specialized camp program designed to develop important leadership skills and prepare older campers to help lead camp. CITs practice skills such as public speaking, group management, and caring for younger children. As CITs grow into their new role as camp leaders, they will take part in fun activities that make camp special, such as team-building activities, science learning, and field trips. 

Extended-Day Options

Before Camp (7:30–8:30 am) • After Camp (5:30–6:30 pm)

Need an earlier drop-off or a later pick-up? Our trained camp staff will supervise campers enrolled in our optional Before and After Camp programs. Campers may choose from a variety of activities, including active games, restful games, coloring, crafts, and reading. The group may also choose to play in the field just outside the Nature Center.

NOTE: After-camp is not available for Roxbury Latin sessions.

What Others Are Saying

"I can't say enough about how much my child and I love BNC. It's the most supportive, accepting, educational, and FUN camp experience ever! Highly, highly recommend." –Camp Parent

"Seriously, this camp just was the best. It way exceeded any expectations we had and our son already said he wants to go back every year until he can be a counselor." –Camp Parent