Drumlin Farm Camp | Drumlin Farm Program Descriptions & Hours
Drumlin Farm Camp
at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Lincoln
Campers experience life on a working farm and wildlife sanctuary as they care for farm animals, practice sustainable farming, discover the science behind nature, and observe native wildlife.
- Half Day: 8:30–11:30 am or 12:15–3:15 pm (Pre-K only)
- Full Day: 8:30 am–3:00 pm
- Before Camp Option: 7:00–9:00 am
- After Camp Option: 3:00–6:00 pm
2 weeks • Farm-and-Nature-Focused Sessions
Nature Camp balances farm-focused activities with nature explorations and scientific discovery. Campers play, learn, and grow as they experience Drumlin Farm’s unique and varied habitats. Each day centers on a different nature or farm-animal theme. Daily activities include farm chores, gardening, cooking, arts and crafts, nature walks, games, songs, and nature reflection time.
1 week or 3 days • Sessions on Specialized Topics
Farm Mania (entering Pre-K to grade 8)
1 week • Farm-Focused Sessions
Dig into the dirt and experience the life of a farmer during this exciting week of hands-on farm activities! Each day will focus on a different farm animal. Meet our livestock, learn about their different roles on the farm, complete farm chores, and practice farm-to-table cooking. Along the way, sing songs, play games, do crafts, and participate in our Farm Olympics!
Farmyard Frolics (entering K to grade 4)
3 days • Farm-Focused Session
Grab your overalls and get ready for some farmyard fun during the final week of our summer! Meet our animals, groom the pony, milk the cow, collect eggs, learn how to work with wool, and eat fresh garden veggies. This mini-camp will be a whirlwind about the farm! Campers divided into groups by grade level.
Nature Discovery (entering Pre-K to grade 1)
1 week • Nature-Focused Sessions
Learn, laugh, and connect with nature and other campers in this program that offers a cozy setting for each child to move at their own pace. Each week will focus on nurturing our youngest campers through play, hands-on discovery, and sensory exploration out in the natural world. Weekly themes give structure to our investigations, while games, crafts, lessons, and visits from our animal ambassadors help develop connections that will last a lifetime. Campers must be age 4 by June 1.
- 2019 Sessions: Growing Gardens | Things with Wings | Hidden Homes | A Bug’s Life | Friends with Fur | Nature’s Heroes | It’s a Watery World
Nature Builders (entering grades 2–3)
1 week • Science-Focused Sessions
Put on your lab coat, secure your goggles, and get ready to bring out your inner scientist as we explore how nature has influenced human design. From spaceships to floods, volcanoes to solar power, each session will take a hands-on approach to create and construct as we test theories and run experiments that uncover how the natural world is built. At the end of each week, share an experiment or creation of your own with the rest of camp at the Nature Builders Fair.
- 2019 Sessions: Into the Woods | Beyond Your Backyard | Art of Flight | Powered Up | Cumulo-Nimbus 2000 | Farmer’s Challenge | Life Aquatic
Kayaking the Maine Island Trail (entering grades 7–8)
1 week • Sea Kayaking Trip
Paddle from island to island along the Maine Island Trail with a certified Maine Kayak guide. Start your day with a spectacular coastal sunrise, and celebrate the day’s adventure with an equally amazing sunset. Check out marine and avian wildlife, explore some of the islands, and doze off under the stars to the sound of the ocean. This is a sea kayaking trip in partnership with Maine Kayak.
Nature Photography (entering grades 9–12)
1 week • Photography-Focused Session
Capturing the "awesomeness" of the natural world with a digital camera is one of the most powerful ways to share it with others. Hone your photography skills as you take stills and action shots of our farm animals, wildlife, and landscapes. Learn from other photographers at Mass Audubon, host a mini-photo gallery for other campers, and take home your favorite breathtaking scenes and unforgettable moments. Bring your own camera or borrow one of ours.
Iron Chef Drumlin (entering grades 9–12)
1 week • Local Food-Focused Session
Go from omnivore to locavore as you learn about food and how it reaches your table. Get your hands dirty in the fields; harvest fresh fruits and vegetables to bring back to the kitchen; prepare meals and snacks from locally sourced produce and meat. Pick up new knowledge about sustainable growing practices at Drumlin Farm and other local farms. Make it year-round by learning traditional and modern methods of food preservation!
Coastal Birding Adventure (entering grades 7–12)
1 week • Birding-Focused Trip
Travel through the unique coastal ecosystems of Massachusetts and search for and learn about the unique birds that inhabit them. Spot warblers in pine barrens, plovers and sandpipers in the dunes, and terns over the ocean. Check out the latest rare sightings and search for early migrant visitors. Program departs Drumlin Farm on Monday at 8:30 am and returns by 3:00 pm on Friday. Tents and food provided by Drumlin Farm.
Counselors-in-Training (entering grades 9–12)
Develop your leadership skills and work alongside our counselors to share your love and knowledge of nature with younger campers. Each session you’ll be assigned an age group to work with for the full one to two weeks, enabling you to develop bonds with campers and assist with camp programming.
Daily meetings will give Counselors-in-Training (CITs) a chance to create a community, share experiences, develop job skills, and learn more about nature and agriculture. Ongoing feedback from our staff will help you find and develop you individual teaching and leadership styles as you create new lessons and assist with games, songs, crafts, and wacky camp fun.
CITs play an important role in our camp community, participating in our all-camp gatherings and running the all-camp, ever-popular Predator/Prey game. Learn how to form a positive community and break down the social barriers you encounter outside of camp.
In order for our CITs to have the fullest experience, we host a mandatory training in June. During that training, we’ll learn about child development, safety, and best practices for working at camp. Camp staff will support the training and offer mentorship to CITs to supplement their development. Plus, a CIT campfire and s’mores!
A two-session commitment is required to participate. Program fee includes two sessions, and additional sessions may be attended at no charge. CIT sessions align with our three, two-week Nature Camp sessions, plus an extra one-week session during Farm Mania Session 2.
CITs also play an important role in our camp community, teaching campers games, crafts, and lessons, participating in All-Camp Gatherings, and leading the entire camp in songs, skits, and the ever-popular game, Predator/Prey.
Please Note: CITs must attend a mandatory training in June. A two-session commitment is required to participate.
We offer daily on-site extended-day programs at our Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary location. Before- and After-Camp options offer an opportunity for unstructured fun in a supportive and safe environment.
Preregistration is required. Select desired dates for these optional programs at checkout when registering online.
Monday–Friday, 7:00–9:00 am
Campers are given a light breakfast while having the opportunity to play indoor and outdoor games, craft up a storm, read a story, and have a relaxing morning before the whirlwind of the camp day picks up.
Monday–Friday, 3:00–6:00 pm
Campers can participate in exclusive afternoon farm chores, go for a nature walk, play games indoors or out, create a fun craft project, and meet new friends. Pick and choose which activities you want to do each day. Campers are provided with a snack.
Overnight Camp at Wildwood
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 . . .
“Drumlin Farm Camp is a highlight of our summer. The staff and counselors are fun, great teachers, and helpful. The setting is a big draw—to be able to work on the farm is an exceptional experience. I’m glad my child can learn animal caretaking and the importance of farmwork."—Camp Parent