About Habitat Nature Camp

Ponding discoveries at Habitat Camp

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Our Philosophy

Habitat Nature Camp has been engaging children in nature study since 1974. We are guided by a philosophy of discovery, providing campers with opportunities to explore, question, and connect in nature. We encourage campers, ages 4–14, to explore their surroundings and discover new interests and talents. We inspire campers to question and challenge their understanding of nature and their own place within it. Our camp community is welcoming and responsive and connects new and returning campers to lasting friendships. 

A Day at Camp 

No two days are alike at Habitat Nature Camp in Belmont, but this sample schedule provides an idea of activity types and daily flow.

9:00–9:30 am

Camper Drop-off & Choice Time Activities

9:30–9:45 am

Opening Circle

9:45 am–noon

Group Time

noon–1:00 pm

Lunch & Free Time

1:00–3:00 pm

Camper Group Time or Options

3:00–3:15 pm

Closing Circle

3:15–3:45 pm

Camper Pick-up

3:30–5:30 pm

After Camp Program (optional)

Our Camp Staff

Camp staff are carefully hired for their maturity and caring attitude toward children. They are environmental educators, teachers, and camp instructors—many of whom are former Habitat campers! Each member of the staff provides enthusiasm for outdoor exploration and a passion for education. Small group sizes ensure that campers stay safe and engaged.

All staff undergo background checks, are certified in CPR and first aid, and receive training in health and safety procedures, child development, natural history, and environmental education best practices. Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status is required immediately upon hire. 

Camp Director

Camp is directed by Jane Higgins (she/her), who joined Habitat Education Center in 2000. Whether Jane is searching for caterpillars with Pathfinders, singing songs with Explorers, or teaching animal adaptations to Ecologists, a day at camp is a good day!

Camp Handbook

The Camp Handbook packet contains important information for families, including drop-off and pick-up instructions, health and safety procedures, packing lists, and more. Please be sure to read this prior to the start of your camper’s first session. 

The 2023 Camp Handbook will be available for download in spring 2023.

Our Credentials

Camp License

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

American Camp Association (ACA) Accreditation

We are proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). Developed exclusively for the camp industry, this nationally recognized program requires that we meet up to 300 standards linked to program quality, health and safety, management, and camp operations. Accreditation is voluntary and assures that camps have made the commitment to a safe, nurturing environment for children. Learn more about what it means to be ACA accredited >

Camp Policy Requests

You may request a copy of our staff background check, healthcare, discipline, bullying, and grievance policies. Request a copy of our policies >