Fern & Feather Nature Camp | Rates & Dates

Young Fern & Feather Nature campers walking through a salt marsh

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Below are the available camp programs and session dates for summer 2023. The camp brochure contains complete information about our camp, including full session descriptions, weekly themes, and pricing. Download the brochure >

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2023 Camp Sessions & Dates

View full session descriptions, weekly themes, & pricing in the brochure >

Nature Camps

Monday–Friday • 9:00 am–2:30 pm

Pathfinders (Ages 5–6)

Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5
Weekly sessions from June 26–August 18
Themes: Senses of Nature | Earth and Sky | Wet and Wild | Backwoods Explorers | Fur, Feathers, Shells, and Scales | Dig It!

Explorers (Ages 7–8)

Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8
Weekly sessions from June 26–August 18
Themes: Bold and Bright | Metamorphosis Magic | Ocean in Motion | Bug Bazaar | Predators! | Winged Wonders | Swamp Romp | Day and Night

Adventurers (Ages 9–11)

Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8
Weekly sessions from July 3–August 11
Themes: Swamp Romp | Animal Architects | Tracks, Traces, and Secret Places | Marine Life Mania | Earth Heroes | Rock On!

Ecologists (Ages 12–14)

Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 10
Weekly sessions from July 3–August 11
Themes: Natural Neighbors | Mission: Decomposition | Pollinator Power | Rad Raptors | Soil to Sky | Climate Pirates: Sailing Towards Sustainability

Discoverers Half-Day Nature Camp

NOTE: This program is reserved for students enrolled in Fern & Feather Preschool only. Please call 508-627-4850 to register

Monday–Friday from 9:00 am–12:00 pm

Discoverers • Ages 3–5
Weekly sessions from June 26–August 18
Themes: Nature Sense | Backwoods Explorers | Creepy Crawlies | Swamp Romp | Things With Wings | Mighty Mammals | Baby Animals

After Camp Extended Day Option for Discoverers • 12:00–2:30 pm

Counselors-in-Training

Monday–Friday | 9:00 am–2:30 pm

CIT  Ages 14–16
Our Counselors-In-Training (CIT) program gives teens an opportunity to develop leadership skills and an environmental ethic that will last a lifetime. CITs assist counselors in planning and teaching lessons and can participate for multiple weeks.
Please note: CIT is not a paid position. An application is required to be considered for the CIT program.

Pricing & Affordability

Sliding Scale Pricing

Mass Audubon is committed to ensuring that every family that wants their child to experience summer camp should have the opportunity to do so. A sliding scale model helps us work toward that goal through an easy and dependable process for families.

Under the sliding scale model, every family will enroll for camp at a tuition rate based on their annual gross income. At registration, you will have the opportunity to select the pricing tier that best fits your family’s gross income. If you select Tiers 1–4, you will be asked to upload income verification documentation at a later time. Campers who reside on Martha’s Vineyard year-round qualify for Tier 3 without proof of income. Proof of the camper’s enrollment in a Martha’s Vineyard school district in the form of a report card, progress report, or letter from the school must accompany registration. All other camper families must provide proof of income for Tier 1-4. 

Financial Aid

If cost is still a barrier under the sliding scale structure, financial aid is also available based on demonstrated financial need and available funds. Scholarships are limited to one session per child; however, all applications are considered and will be accepted on a rolling basis. Payment plan options are also available. Download a financial aid application >

Member Discount

Mass Audubon members at the Family level or above receive a discounted rate. To qualify, your Mass Audubon membership must be current through the end of your camper’s last session, and you must be the parent, grandparent, or legal guardian of the camper being enrolled. Membership can be purchased or renewed at the time of registration. If you are unsure of your member status, please contact Mass Audubon Member Services.

Refund Policy

A full refund, minus the nonrefundable deposit, is provided to camp families who cancel in writing on or before May 15. After May 15, no refund is available. Deposits are not transferable, and refunds are not given for participant dismissal, failure to attend, absence, or sick days. If we must cancel a session, you will receive a full refund.

Deposit

A nonrefundable deposit of $100/camper/session is required to register for camp. The deposit will be applied to your camp tuition and cannot be transferred to another camper, family, or location. If registering after May 15, payment in full is required unless a payment plan has been established with the Camp Director.

2023 Camp Session Pricing

Please note that the prices below are rounded to the nearest dollar for simplicity. Actual prices may include cents.

 

Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

Tier 4

Tier 5

Gross Family Income

<$50,000

(member/nonmember)

$50,000–$74,999

(member/nonmember)

$75,000–$99,999

(member/nonmember)

$100,000–$149,999

(member/nonmember)

No income verification required

(member/nonmember)

Pathfinders & Explorers $110/$127 $275/$316 $357/$411 $468/$538 $550/$632
Adventurers & Ecologists $120/$137 $300/$341 $390/$444 $510/$580 $600/$682
Counselors-in-Training $50/$67 $125/$166 $163/$216 $213/$283 $250/$332

More information about registration and other policies for Mass Audubon Camps is available here >