Broad Meadow Brook Nature Day Camp | Program Descriptions & Hours

BMB campers ponding in a stream

Campers ages 4.5 to 16 investigate different habitats ecosystems, and wildlife species at the sanctuary. Most of our day is spent outside exploring our surroundings and getting dirty. Camp fun includes outdoor exploration, interactive play, noncompetitive games, songs, stories, and more. 

Camp Hours

  • Half Day: 9:00 am–1:00 pm (Bear Cubs)
  • 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)

Nature Sessions │ Specialty Sessions

3-Day Nature Sessions (Half Day)

Bear Cubs (ages 4.5–6)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio 1:5
Get to know the wonders of nature at Broad Meadow Brook! Each day has a different nature-related theme that guides our explorations and activities. Arts and crafts, hiking, games, snack, and lunch are part of every day.

1-Week Nature Sessions • Ages 5–11

Experience the wonder of nature at Broad Meadow Brook! Explore animal adaptations, climate change, sustainability, and birding. Discover different habitats and wildlife around the sanctuary, play games, and make crafts, and more! Please note that camp will be held on July 4.

2-Week Nature Sessions • Ages 6–11

Explore the nature of Broad Meadow Brook and beyond in depth during a two-week session. Counselors will guide campers through a series of experiences during the first week. During the second week, campers will have an opportunity to help craft the experiences that they do together. Experiences may include animal adaptations, trees, insects, beavers, and water. Campers will have an opportunity to Discoverers hike to Broad Meadow Brook’s Enchanted Forest Trail, Adventurers venture farther afield to Lookout Rock, and Explorers canoe off-site in the Blackstone River Watershed.

1-Week Specialty Sessions • Ages 12–16

Teen Adventure Program 
July 8-12 • Ages 12–14 & 14-16
Explore the Wilds of Worcester County, and beyond! Embark on various adventures. Past adventures include visiting the Caterpillar Lab, trips to Rhode Island to explore marine science, and much, much more! Specific itinerary will be distributed before the camp session. Top off the week with an excursion to Wildwood, Mass Audubon’s overnight camp in Rindge, NH, where you can swim, kayak, try the ropes course, and more! (Overnights take place on Wednesday and Thursday.)

Scientists of the Future 
July 15-19, July 29-August 2 • Ages 12–15
Explore what a career in the conservation field looks like. Spend a week learning about water resources, wildlife, sustainability, climate change, and much more! Our week will be filled with experiments, guest speakers and field trips. Together we will take an in-depth look at the conservation field and potential career paths. We will also be sure to go hiking, conduct science experiments, and learn how to use the technology that environmental scientists use in the field. (Campers may attend both weeks—while topics will be similar, activities will be different.)

Exploring Mass Audubon 
August 5-9 • Ages 10–14
Travel to Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries around Massachusetts to explore and learn about different habitats and ecosystems, including rivers, mountains, and meadows. Practice team building, go hiking and birding, learn animal identification techniques, and more. We will travel to field trip destinations in a Mass Audubon van.

Counselors-in-Training • Ages 14–16

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:30 pm

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 24 to June 28 and choose two weeks to help lead camp sessions. CITs who have previously completed training may choose three weeks of camp to lead sessions. Learn More >

An application is required. Please contact the Camp Director by email or at 508-753-6087 x5013 to request an application. 

Extended Day Options

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

Before Camp (8:00–9:00 am)

In our Before Camp program, campers will spend their pre-camp morning engaged in quiet games and crafts. 

After Camp (3:30–5:30 pm)

In our After Camp program, campers will have a snack (brought from home) and make crafts, go hiking, or play games. 

Overnight Camp at Wildwood

Wildwood 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.”