Ipswich River Day Camp | 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. Small group sizes allow us to provide a high-quality educational experience and a welcoming, supportive environment. Camp takes place at the Church of Saint Andrew.

Camp Hours

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

Theme Sessions (ages 5–12)

One-week sessions blend outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, games, songs, and crafts. Sessions are offered in July, and age groups and themes include:

Marblehead Young Explorers (ages 5–6)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5
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.

Marblehead Explorers (ages 7–8 & 9–12)
Campers are divided into two age groups. Campers will have fun in nature while increasing their knowledge about plants and animals. They will learn how to use scientific equipment including sweep nets, binoculars, and microscopes. Nature games and arts and crafts are incorporated into each of the fun themes.

2018 Themes: Nature & Art | Nature Survivors | Predator Prowl

After-Camp Program

3:00-4:00 pm

Need a later pick-up? Our trained camp staff will supervise campers enrolled in full-day sessions at our Topsfield and Marblehead locations.

Separate preregistration 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!”