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For 50 years, Fern & Feather Natural History Day Camp at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary on Martha's Vineyard has been leading the way in nature education for children.

Generations of Vineyarders have attended camp—exploring the shore and connecting with the outdoors. Making this experience accessible to all is a core value at Felix Neck. We award scholarships each year to Island families who otherwise could not send their kids to camp.

We rely on support from members and visitors to make our ambitious educational goals a reality. Your gift will open up the natural world to a child—you can set them on a path that begins at Fern & Feather Day Camp and leads to a lifetime of environmental stewardship at Felix Neck and beyond.

What We Do

At Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, we connect children and teens with nature. Through our Fern and Feather Day Camp, we provide learning experiences that create lasting memories and foster a lifelong appreciation of the natural world. More specifically:

  • We foster a love of nature and create memories to last a lifetime
  • Experienced counselors guide explorations of the woods, marsh, and our salt and freshwater ponds.
  • During camp, kids can see a salamander up close, splash in Sengekontacket Pond, learn to kayak, and even spend a night under the stars.

Why it Matters

Fern & Feather camp offers valuable educational experiences that contribute to a growing community that cares for and protects the unique nature of the Vineyard and beyond. Campers have opportunities for personal, cognitive, and social development including:

  • Spending time outdoors
  • Making friends and teambuilding
  • Gaining confidence
  • Learning about the environment

Just the Beginning

Fern & Feather alumni maintain that their time at our camp was meaningful. Some have pursued careers in science and attribute their interest in the field to their days in our fields—and alumni express appreciation for the time they spent here and the lifelong significance of those special summer days.

When asked about her camp experience as a child, Felix Neck’s Costal Waterbird Monitor Nora Papian told us:

“Growing up in suburban Orange County, CA, access to open space and nature was limited. When I was ten years old, my mother sent me to an Audubon summer bird camp in Irvine, CA.  At the camp I learned about habitats, flight, and feathers. I learned bird song and conservation. But most of all, I learned how to observe. And for all I learned, the most important part was I gained an awareness of nature.

Since my camp days, I have been working with habitat restoration and bird research. I have a passion, and I am always curious about what is happening in nature and what birds are in the area to be found. While I went into field ornithology, many of my friends from camp have chosen other careers. However, we all share an awareness of nature. We notice the changes of the seasons and the movements of birds. There is a connection to nature that awakens at nature camps, and regardless of a person’s career, it will always be there. The experience enriches life, and is more important now than ever before.”