Fern & Feather Nature Day Camp | Program Descriptions & Hours

FN preschool campers with counselor

Campers ages 4 to 14 have fun and make friends as they explore the nature of Martha’s Vineyard at our 350-acre wildlife sanctuary. Outdoor games, hands-on nature activities, wildlife observations, hikes, stories, crafts, and camp songs make ours a one-of-a-kind summer experience! 

Camp Hours

  • Half Day: 9:00 am–12:00 pm (Discoverers)
  • Full Day: 9:00 am–2:30 pm
  • Before Camp Option: 8:30–9:00 am
  • After Camp Option: 12:00–2:30 pm (Discoverers)
  • After Camp Option: 2:30–3:45 pm

Half-Day Sessions  |  Full-Day Sessions
Leaders-in-Training | Extended Day Options


Half-Day Sessions • Ages 4–5

Discoverers (ages 4–5)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5
This half-day program encourages a young child’s curiosity, increases sensory awareness, and provides an introduction to nature. Exciting adventures may include catching bugs, touching a turtle, making animal-inspired crafts, and more! Price includes a camp T-shirt, a camp patch, and a group photo.
2019 Sessions: Furry Friends | Nature Sense | Creepy Crawlies | Feathered Fun | Baby Animals | Backwoods Explorers


Full-Day Sessions • Entering Grades K–8

Pathfinders (entering grades K–1)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5
The Pathfinders program balances play, art, sensory exploration, and hands-on activities as campers discover nature. Activities include hiking, nature-themed games, making crafts, exploring tide pools with nets, and storytelling. Price includes a camp T-shirt, a camp patch, and a group photo. 
2019 Sessions: Aqua Critters | Earth & Sky | Wet & Wild | Dig It! | Things with Wings | All Creatures Great & Small | Mighty Mammals | Animal Instincts 

Explorers (entering grades 2–3)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8
Explorers investigate different plants and animals in an interactive way, furthering campers’ connection to the natural world. Price includes a camp T-shirt, a camp patch, and a group photo. 
2019 Sessions: Survival of the Fittest | Bright & Beautiful | Predators! | Fabulous Fliers | Spineless Wonders | Day & Night | Ocean in Motion | Marine Muckers 

Adventurers (entering grades 4–5)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8
Adventurers diver deeper into nature with hiking, nature experiments, games, and more. Sessions also include snorkeling and an overnight campout at the sanctuary. Price includes a camp T-shirt, a camp patch, and a group photo. Please Note: Thursday overnight with 9:00 am pick-up on Friday morning (no camp Friday).
2019 Sessions: Micro to Macro | Earth Heroes | Island Explorations | Survival Challenge

Ecologists (entering grades 6–8)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8
Ecologists participate in inquiry-based projects that introduce the methods and techniques scientists use to study and interpret nature. Programs include citizen science research, snorkeling, kayaking, and an overnight campout at the sanctuary. Price includes a camp T-shirt, a camp patch, and a group photo. Please Note: Thursday overnight with 9:00 am pick-up on Friday morning (no camp Friday).
2019 Sessions: Wildlife Rangers | Marine Life Mania | Into the Wild | Navigating Natives


Leaders-In-Training • Ages 14–16

Monday–Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm 

Our Leaders-In-Training (LITs) program give teens an opportunity to develop leadership skills and an environmental ethic that will last a lifetime. LITs assist counselors in planning and teaching lessons and can participate for multiple weeks. 

An application is required. Please contact the Camp Director for more information.


Extended Day Options

Early Drop-Off (8:30–9:00 am) • Late Pick-Up (2:30–3:45 pm)

Discoverers have lunch and extend exploration. Full-day campers have a snack (brought from home) and hike, explore, and play games. 

Preregistration is required. Select desired dates for these optional programs during checkout when enrolling online. 


Overnight Camp at Wildwood

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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

“In just one week my son has learned respect for our environment, interesting facts about nature, and lots of great camp songs, too!”

“Our daughter is very ‘nature-oriented’ and loves learning about animals, so this camp is great for her. She particularly loved meeting and playing with new friends. Thank you!”

“Great first camp experience for our four-year-old in a beautiful setting. We were so pleased and we will be back!”

“He loved it and came home smiling and full of info each day. The 4th of July parade was a highlight and the staff were amazing.”

“Great week as always! We appreciate your attentiveness to food allergies.”

“My son said he had ‘the time of my life’ and he looks forward to camp all year!”

“I think that your program would be difficult to improve upon . . . you set the standard.”

“Fabulous experience and loved the parent nature walks.”