Fern & Feather Natural History Day Camp Program Descriptions & Hours

campers playing a game at Mass Audubon Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Themed week-long sessions blend outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, games, songs, and crafts. Sessions are offered June–August.

Camp Hours

  • Monday–Friday
  • Half Day: 9 am–12 pm (Discoverers only)
  • Full Day: 9 am–2:30 pm
  • Before Camp: 8:30–9 am
  • After Camp: 2:30–4 pm

One-Week Sessions  |  Teen Volunteer Opportunities


One-Week Sessions

Half-Day

Discoverers (ages 4–5)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 6
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!

2017 Themes: Animal Instincts | Animal Orchestra | Backwoods Explorers | Creepy Crawlies | Feathered Fun | Furry Friends | Nature Sense

Full-Day

Pathfinders (entering grades k–1)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 6
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.

2017 Themes: All Creatures Great & Small | Aqua Critters | Baby Animals |  Dig It! | Marine Muckers | Mighty Mammals | Things with Wings | Wet & Wild

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

2017 Themes: Bright & Beautiful | Day & Night | Earth & Sky | Fabulous Flyers | 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. Program also includes snorkeling and an overnight campout at the sanctuary. Please Note: Thursday overnight with 9 am Friday pick-up (no camp Friday).

2017 Themes: 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 am Friday pick-up (no camp Friday).

2017 Themes: Conservation Trailblazers | Budding Marine Biologists | Into the Wild | Living with Wildlife


Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Leaders-In-Training (ages 14–16)

Our volunteer 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. 

Application required. To apply, contact the Camp Director.


Optional Before & After Camp Programs

Need an earlier drop-off or a later pick-up? Our trained camp staff will supervise campers enrolled in our optional Before and After Camp programs. Campers may choose from a variety of activities, including quiet or active games, crafts, and hiking. 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

“Thank you for a wonderful camp! Fern and Feather encouraged my son to make new friends, enjoy a variety of activities, and learn more about nature.”