Broad Meadow Brook Nature Day Camp | Program Descriptions & Hours

BMB campers

Three-day, one-week, and two-week sessions have campers ages 4.5–16 exploring trails, discovering nature, and venturing to new places.Campers investigate different habitats and ecosystems and learn how to identify a variety of wildlife species at the sanctuary. Most of our day is spent outside exploring our surroundings and getting dirty. Camp fun includes interactive play, noncompetitive games, songs, and stories. And, all camp programming supports the Massachusetts Science Standards.

Camp Hours

  • Half Day: 9:00 am–1:00 pm (Bear Cubs only)
  • Full Day: 9:00 am–3:30 pm
  • Before Camp Option: 8:00–9:00 am
  • After Camp Option: 3:30–5:30 pm (full-day campers only)

Nature Camp Sessions │ Specialty Sessions
Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Three-Day Nature Camp Sessions (ages 4.5–6)

Bear Cubs (ages 4.5–6)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio 1:5
This three-day mini camp will introduce your child to the wonders of Broad Meadow Brook! Each day will have a different nature-related theme that will guide our explorations and activities. Arts and crafts, hiking, games, snack, and lunch will be a part of every day.

One-Week Nature Camp Sessions (ages 5–11)

Insects, spiders, and beavers, oh my! Each session will have a different theme. We will spend time learning about various animals—how they differ, what their unique adaptations are, and how climate change may be impacting them. We will do this through exploration of the sanctuary, playing games, and making crafts, all while making new friends!

Two-Week Nature Camp Sessions (ages 6–11)

A two-week session gives campers the opportunity to explore concepts in depth. Experiences are driven by the campers’ interests. In the past, subjects have included trees, insects, beavers, and water. Discoverers will hike to Broad Meadow Brook’s Enchanted Forest Trail, Adventurers will hike farther afield to Lookout Rock, and Explorers will canoe off-site in the Blackstone River Watershed.

Specialty Sessions (ages 10–16)

Teen Adventure Program (ages 12–14 & 14-16)
Explore the Wilds of Worcester County and beyond! Each group will embark on various adventures. Past adventures include visiting a wind turbine to learn about wind energy, trips to Rhode Island to explore marine science, and much, much more! Specific itinerary will be distributed before the camp session. We’ll finish the week with both groups coming together for an excursion to Wildwood, Mass Audubon’s overnight camp in Rindge, NH, where campers can swim, kayak, try the ropes course, and more! Please Note: Overnights take place on Wednesday and Thursday at Wildwood.

Exploring Mass Audubon (ages 10–14)
Travel to different Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries to explore and learn about varied habitats and ecosystems, including rivers, mountains, and meadows. Team building, birding, animal identification, hiking, and more will be included. Please Note: This is a field trip-based session during which we will travel together in a Mass Audubon van.

Sprouting Environmental Scientists (ages 12–15)
Spend a week learning about the world we live in. We’ll talk about water resources, wildlife, sustainability, climate change, and much more! We will tour local farms and hear from members in the community who are working to live a more sustainable life. Go hiking, conduct science experiments, and learn how to use the technology that environmental scientists use in the field. Please Note: Campers may choose to come both weeks—while topics will be similar, activities will be different.

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Counselors-in-Training (ages 14–16)
Learn what it takes to be a camp counselor! Gain leadership skills, hands-on training, and develop a lesson plan. All CITs present a lesson during one of their weeks at camp. First-year CITs will attend a five-day training session from June 25–29 and choose two weeks to help lead camp sessions. CITs who have previously completed training may choose three weeks of camp to lead sessions.

An application is required. Please contact the Camp Director for details.

Optional Extended Day Programs

Before Camp (8:00–9:00 am) • After Camp (3:30–5:30 pm)

In our Before Camp program, campers will spend their pre-camp morning engaged in quiet games and crafts. Parents should ensure that campers have eaten a hearty breakfast or bring a small snack. 

In our After Camp program, campers will have a snack (brought from home) and make crafts, go hiking, or play games. Campers are typically away from the building until 4:45 pm, so please plan pick-up between 4:45 and 5:30 pm.

Preregistration is required. After Camp is available only for full-day campers. Select desired dates for these optional programs during checkout when enrolling online.

Overnight Camp at Wildwood

Wildwood camp logo

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

“Our family thoroughly enjoyed your camp. As a parent, I was most impressed by the overall positive vibe the camp had. The staff was so friendly and enthusiastic! My kids couldn't wait to go to camp each day.”

“Camp was great! Very organized, and counselors were friendly and attentive. My kid came home physically tired each day from hiking—this is a good thing! This is the best camp she has gone to this summer.”