Fern & Feather Day Camp | Program Descriptions & Hours

FN preschool campers with counselor

Campers have fun and make friends as they explore forest, field, marsh, pond, and seashore habitats during themed weekly sessions. Outdoor games, hands-on nature activities, wildlife observations, hikes, stories, crafts, and camp songs make Fern and Feather a one-of-a-kind summer experience! Small group sizes ensure that our counselors can develop a relationship with each child, creating a caring, supporting environment.

Camp Hours

  • Half Day: 9:00 am–Noon
  • Full Day: 9:00 am–2:30 pm
  • Before Camp Option: 8:30–9:00 am
  • After Camp Option: Noon–2:30 pm (half-day campers)
  • After Camp Option: 2:30–3:45 pm (full-day campers)

Half-Day Sessions  |  Full-Day Sessions
Teen Volunteer Opportunities | Extended Day Options


Half-Day Sessions

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 much more!

2018 Sessions: Baby Animals | Backwoods Explorers | Creepy Crawlies | Feathered Fun | Furry Friends | Nature Sense


Full-Day Sessions

Pathfinders (entering grades K–2)
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 with nets, and storytelling.

2018 Sessions: All Creatures Great & Small | Animal Instincts | Aqua Critters | Dig It! | Earth & Sky | Mighty Mammals | Things with Wings | Wet & Wild

Explorers (entering grades 2–3)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8
Explorers investigate Felix Neck’s wildlife and habitats. Each session examines different plants and animals in an interactive way, furthering campers’ connection to the natural world.

2018 Sessions: Bright & Beautiful | Day & Night | Fabulous Fliers | Marine Muckers | Ocean in Motion | Predators! | Spineless Wonders | Survival of the Fittest

Adventurers (entering grades 4–5)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8
Adventurers take a deeper look at the natural world through exploration that includes hiking, nature experiments, games, and more. Programs also include snorkeling and an overnight campout at the sanctuary. Please Note: Thursday overnight with 9:00 am pick-up on Friday morning (no camp Friday).

2018 Sessions: Earth Stewards | Habitat Quest | Micro to Macro | 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. Please Note: Thursday overnight with 9:00 am pick-up on Friday morning (no camp Friday).

2018 Sessions: Budding Marine Biologists | Conservation Trailblazers | Into the Wild | Living with Wildlife


Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Leaders-In-Training (ages 14–16)

Our Leaders-In-Training (LIT) program presents young adults with an opportunity to develop leadership skills and an environmental ethic that will last a lifetime. LITs assist counselors in planning and teaching lessons during camp and can participate for multiple weeks.

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


Extended Day Options—Full-Day Sessions

Before Camp (8:30–9:00 am) • After Camp (2:30–3:45 pm)

Campers enrolled in our Before Camp program spend their pre-camp morning engaged in quiet games or crafts. Campers in our After Camp program 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. Available for all full-day campers—see below for half-day camper option.


New! Extended Day Option—Half-Day Sessions

After Camp for Discoverers (Noon–2:30 pm)

We now have a late pick-up option for children enrolled in our half-day Discoverers sessions! Campers enrolled in our After Camp for Discoverers program will eat lunch (brought from home) and extend their explorations to a full day.

Preregistration is required. Select desired dates for this optional program 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

“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.”