Habitat Nature Day Camp | Program Descriptions & Hours

Habitat campers collecting specimens outdoors

We encourage campers ages 4 to 15 to explore their surroundings and discover new interests and talents through our one- and two-week camp sessions. We want them to question and challenge their understanding of nature and their place within it. 

Camp Hours

  • Half-Day: 9:00 am–12:00 pm (Ramblers & Digging in the Dirt)
  • Full-Day: 9:00 am–3:00 pm (Pathfinders & Feathered Frenzy)
  • Full-Day: 9:00 am–3:30 pm 
  • After Camp Option: 3:15–5:30 pm (Full-Day Campers)

Nature Camps │ Theme Camps 
Teen Sessions | Leaders-in-Training

2-Week Nature Camps

Ramblers (age 4) 
Entering Pre-K • 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Ramble through the woods, using your senses to investigate the world around you. Get to know the plants and animals that can be found at Habitat as well as in your own backyard. Please note—child must be age 4 by June 1.

Pathfinders (age 5) 
Entering K • 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Discover Habitat! Choose a path to follow and uncover Habitat’s secret places. Go on a hike to search for critters in the places where they live and grow. Learn what makes different animals unique and what we have in common with them. Please note—child must be age 5 by June 1.

Explorers (ages 6–9)
Entering Grades 1–4 • 9:00 am–3:30 pm
Dive into Turtle Pond. Crawl under logs. Hide in the meadow. Climb through the forest layers. Visit Habitat’s many different habitats to find out who lives there and how they survive. Choose from a variety of afternoon activities, such as nature crafts, cooking, outdoor skills, science projects, hikes, and fun games. Finish the day with camp songs, silly stories, and a visit from the Trash Basher and his trusty side-kick.
Ecologists (ages 10–12)
Entering Grades 5–7 • 9:00 am–3:30 pm
Deepen your understanding of how nature works. Explore Habitat and nearby conservation areas, and take a closer look at soil, water, plants, and animal populations. Discover how they are all connected in a fascinating web of life. Explore the Ipswich River in Topsfield by canoe. Complete the experience by sleeping under the stars at Habitat.
Trekkers (ages 12–14)
Entering Grades 7–9 • 9:00 am–3:30 pm
Expand your horizons and discover habitats beyond Habitat. Go hiking and camping, and investigate the geologic history of New England. Examine how our landscape has been shaped over time and how it continues to change.

  • Day Trip Examples: Middlesex Fells Reservation, Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, Sen Ki (Hale Reservation), World’s End Reservation
  • Camping Trip Examples: Boston Harbor Islands, Cape Cod, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Western MA

Expeditioners (ages 14–15)
Entering Grades 9–10 • 9:00 am–3:30 pm
Are you ready for a challenge? Explore farther and observe closer. Spend two weeks immersed in the geology of New England. Discover the wonders of Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, the majesty of the White Mountains, and the raw natural beauty of Acadia National Park.

1-Week Theme Camps

June 24–28, 2019

Digging the Dirt (age 4)
Entering Pre-K • 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Be a helper in Habitat’s Children’s Garden. Dig in the dirt and look for worms. Sow a seed and give it water.  Pull some weeds and tidy the garden beds. Learn about the different parts of plants that we eat and harvest some for a healthy treat. Please note—child must be age 4 by June 1.

Feathered Frenzy (age 5)
Entering K • 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Spend the week getting to know our fine, feathered friends—birds! Discover how birds fly, build nests, and find mates. Learn why birds sing songs, and why they migrate in the fall. Find out "whoo" is flying around Habitat. Please note—child must be age 5 by June 1.

Earth Keepers (ages 6–9)
Entering Grades 1–4 • 9:00 am–3:30 pm
Become a nature hero! Learn about earth’s resources—water, soil, air and wildlife—and how we depend on them. Identify simple actions you can take to protect our natural landscape. Lend a hand to maintain Habitat as a special place for people and wildlife.

Leaders-In-Training (LITs) • Ages 14–16

June–August, 8:15 am–4:15 pm  

Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? Do you enjoy working with children? Gain valuable leadership experience and community service hours as you assist our teachers in directing nature activities and supervising campers enrolled in our Pathfinders and Explorers programs. LITs play games, read stories, participate in skits, and prepare materials for activities. Each LIT has the opportunity to lead an activity with campers. Learn More >

Please Note: To be eligible for this volunteer program, LITs must participate in a one-week training session and must be available for at least one 2-week camp session. LITs will receive additional information and forms upon registration. Please contact the Camp Director for more information.

After Camp Program

Monday–Friday • 3:15–5:30 pm

This optional extended-day program is available to our two-week and theme-week session attendees. (Not available for Ramblers or Digging in the Dirt.) Campers are given a snack and can choose from activities such as hiking, free play, arts and crafts, and nature games.

Pre-registration is required. Select desired dates for this optional program during checkout when enrolling online. 

Overnight Camp at Wildwood

Wildwood 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

“The staff is really impressive, as are the activities and organization while still allowing for freedom and exploration.”

“He adores the games they play and meeting friends, learning about nature—I like the friendliness, professionalism, and energy of the staff.”