Ipswich River Nature Camp | Sample Schedule

Ipswich River Nature Campers walking on the boardwalk in summer (by Scott Santino/Mass Audubon)

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No two days are alike at Ipswich River Nature Camp, but this sample schedule gives an overview of daily activities and flow.

8:30–9:30 am

Camper Drop-off & Games

9:30–9:45 am

Opening Circle

The entire camp gathers to enjoy a community activity. Staff and campers sing songs, conduct team-building exercises, or act out nature skits to introduce the day.

9:45 am–12:00 pm

Morning Hike & Activities

After opening circle campers join their subgroups and with their counselors delve into a particular nature topic. For example, a group will discuss life cycles then hike to a pond and find frogs and tadpoles.

12:00–12:45 pm


12:45–1:45 pm

Game, Craft, or Nature Play

Campers enjoy some time engaging in nature play, origami, and/or water games on hot days.

1:45–2:45 pm

Theme-based Activity Time

Campers have the opportunity to choose from a variety of activities developed by staff, all related to the day's nature theme.

2:45–3:00 pm

Closing Circle

At the end of each day the whole camp gathers to share stories of where they went, what they saw, and what they made.

3:00–3:15 pm

Camper Pick-up

3:00–4:00 pm

Optional After-Camp Program (Topsfield only)

During this optional program, campers can choose from a variety of activities that may include active games, quiet table games or reading. Registration required.

What Others are Saying . . .

"This is a great camp and we are willing to drive a significant distance every year because it is a great experience. Thank you!" –Camp Family