Fern & Feather Nature Camp | Registration Information

Young Fern & Feather Nature campers walking through a salt marsh

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Fern & Feather Nature Camp in Edgartown offers weekly summer camp sessions for ages 5–14. Our campers have fun and make friends as they explore the nature of Martha's Vineyard at our 350-acre wildlife sanctuary.


How to Register


Early registration is encouraged to secure your preferred dates.

Session Limit

To ensure equal access to camp for everyone, we ask that families register for no more than four sessions per child.

Registration Confirmation

A confirmation email containing important documents and information will be sent once your camper's registration has been processed.


Payment


Deposit

A nonrefundable deposit of $75/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 2, payment in full is required, unless a payment plan has been established with the Camp Director.

Refund Policy

A full refund, minus a nonrefundable deposit of $75, is provided to camp families who cancel in writing on or before May 2. After May 2 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.

Membership & Discounts

Mass Audubon members at the Family level or above receive a discounted rate. To qualify, your membership must be current through 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. Learn more about membership >

Islander discounts are available to year-round Martha’s Vineyard residents—$30 per half-day session and $40 per full-day session.

Financial Aid

We believe connection with the natural world should be available to all. If finances are getting in the way of a summer Fern & Feather Nature Camp, financial assistance is available based on demonstrated financial need and available funds. Requests are limited to four sessions per child; however, all applications are considered and will be accepted on a rolling basis. Download a scholarship application >

Payment Plans

Payment plan options are available. Please contact the Camp Director for more information.


Important Deadlines


All camp health forms and waivers—as well as the balance of your camp tuition—are due by May 2. If registering after May 2, payment in full is required. All camp forms and waivers are due two weeks prior to the start of your camper’s session. A camper cannot attend camp and their spot is not guaranteed until all forms, waivers, and payments are completed (or a payment plan has been established). A fee of $25 per camper will be charged for incomplete or late forms and waivers.


Additional Information


Camper Requirements

Campers are expected to be able to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols, to be determined by the start of camp based on the latest guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Visit massaudubon.org/camps for the latest information about COVID-19 safety at Mass Audubon Camps.

All campers must follow stated behavior expectations and safety rules. To ensure a successful camp experience, please discuss any pertinent information regarding your child’s needs with the Camp Director. We strive to make camp a great experience for all, and we can accommodate on a case-by-case basis. The Camp Director reserves the right to dismiss a camper when, in their judgment, the camper’s behavior interferes with the rights of others or violates the camp’s safety and behavior policies. In such cases, no refunds will be provided.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s ability to participate in our camp program, please contact the Camp Director.

Camp License

Our camp complies with the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105 CMR 430) and is licensed by the Edgartown Board of Health.

ACA Accreditation

We are proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association. Developed exclusively for the camp industry, this nationally-recognized program focuses on program quality, health and safety, management, and camp operations.

Policy Requests

You may request copies of our background check, healthcare, discipline, bullying, and grievance policies at any time.

Session Transfers

Session transfer requests will be honored if there is space available and if a request is made at least two weeks prior to the session start date, after which time transfers are
not permitted.

Buddy Requests

One buddy request per camper will be honored when possible. Both campers must be the same age and both must request each other. All buddy requests must be made in writing at least one week prior to the first day of camp. Please indicate on your registration form if you would like your camper to be placed with a friend of the same age.

Carpool Requests

If you would like to be added to the carpool list, please notify the Camp Director and your information will be shared with other interested families.


What Others Are Saying . . .


"We loved it so much we extended our stay and are returning for a second week!" –Camp Family

"The staff have been absolutely amazing!!! We are so thankful for their kind and professional leadership, for involving and engaging our son in interesting and fun activities, and for their positive encouragement. We’re looking forward to our son participating in more weeks of camp this summer!" –Camp Family