Ipswich River Nature Camp | Philosophy & Credentials

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

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Our Philosophy


We provide campers with a unique opportunity to learn about nature, meet new friends, and have fun! Our goal is to introduce children to nature in hopes that one day they will conserve what they have come to love and understand. Small group sizes allow us to provide a high-quality educational experience and a welcoming, supportive environment.


Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion


At Mass Audubon Camps, we strive to create a safe, inclusive, and caring camp environment where each person is respected and supported in their learning and growth. We believe that diversity—both in nature and in our human communities—is essential to strength, resilience, and innovation, and we are committed to recognizing the unique contributions of each community member.


Our Credentials


With more than 64 years of experience in connecting children to nature through public, school, and camp programming, we pride ourselves in running a safe, organized educational program in which each child matters.

Camp License

Our camp complies with the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105 CMR 430) and is licensed by the Topsfield and Marblehead Boards 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 copies of our background check, healthcare, discipline, bullying, and grievance policies at any time. Request copies of our policies >


What Others are Saying . . .


"Thank you for transforming my daughter's summer into such a memorable and healthy time!" –Camp Parent