Ipswich River Nature Day Camps | Marblehead Program Descriptions & Hours

Camper at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Explore the forests, fields, ponds, and coastal surroundings of Marblehead. We’ll wander the Wyman Woods trails, watch for turtles in Hawthorn Pond, and search a salt marsh for herons along the Forest River. 

Please Note: Camp takes place at the Church of Saint Andrew (get directions).

Camp Hours

  • Full-Day: 8:30 am–3:00 pm
  • After Camp Option: 3:00–4:00 pm

Young Explorers | Explorers | Counselors-in-Training | Extended Day Option

Young Explorers • Ages 5–6

Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5

Young Explorers  • July 8–12 
Young children are natural explorers with big imaginations. With counselors by their side, campers will go on nature hikes, sing camp songs, listen to stories, play games, and create nature crafts to nurture a joyful and memorable connection with wildlife and wild places.

Explorers • Ages 7–8 & 9–12

Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8

Creature Camp • July 15–19
Observe, catch, and learn about the creatures that live around us. We’ll collect insects in a field, find mammal tracks in mud, see birds soaring in the sky, and spy reptiles lurking in a pond. Each day will focus on a different group of wildlife with hikes, crafts, and hands-on activities.

Nature Heroes • July 22–26 
Learn about real-life nature heroes including Mass Audubon co-founder Harriet Hemenway, water warrior Rachel Carson, and climate scientist Bill Nye. Explore wildlands, catch and observe wildlife, and do real projects to help out nature every day. We are all nature heroes!

Animal Architects • July 29–August 2
Beavers build dams, birds build nests, and moths build cocoons. Taking inspiration from these and other great natural builders, we will use natural materials to create our own shelters in woodlands, nests in fields, mini-boats to float down the Forest River, and more.

Nature & Art • August 5-9
Enjoy nature and unlock your inner artist! Make paintbrushes, paint with watercolors at the pond, build sculptures with natural materials, and much more. Close observation of wild plants and animals, hikes to beautiful ocean views, and learning about famous nature artists will inspire us.

Counselors-In-Training • Ages 14–16

July 15-26 | July 29-August 9

Our Counselors-in-Training (CIT) program is for teens who want to gain experience working with children in an outdoor setting. Participate in lesson development trainings, lead games, assist camp groups, and learn to teach activities.

An application is required, and space is limited. For more information and an application, contact the Camp Director.

Extended Day Option

After Camp • Monday–Friday (3:00–4:00 pm)

We offer an optional extended day program for campers enrolled in full-day sessions at Topsfield and Marblehead.

Pre-registration is required. When registering online, you will be offered the chance to enroll during checkout.

Overnight Camp at Wildwood

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 Parents & Campers Are Saying

“My boys loved this camp! We'll be back next year!”

“My daughter loved it again this year. The counselors were great and we love hearing the stories of what she did and learned each day.”

“Just wanted to say my daughter is LOVING camp. She comes home happy and tired.”

“She had an awesome time! Thanks!”