Ipswich River Nature Camp | Registration Information

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

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Register for Summer 2022

Once registration opens on Tuesday, February 1, families may sign up in one of two ways:

  • Online
  • By phone

How to Register

Counselors-in-Training (CIT) Registration

Teens ages 14–16 who are interested in our CIT program must submit an application. We will then notify selected CITs and their families of the session(s) each CIT will be placed in plus the total fee due. NOTE: Spaces are limited and not all applicants will be selected. Request an application >

Registration Confirmation

A confirmation letter/email containing important documents and information will be sent once your camper’s registration has been processed.



A nonrefundable deposit of $75/camper/session is required to register for camp. The deposit will be applied to your camp tuition and cannot be transferred to another camper, family, or camp location. If registering after May 2, payment in full is required (unless a payment plan has been established with the Camp Director).

Refund Policy

A full refund, minus the nonrefundable deposit, is provided to camp families who cancel in writing on or before May 2. After May 2, no refund is available. Deposits are not transferable, and refunds are not given for participant dismissal, failure to attend, absence, or sick days. If we must cancel a session, you will receive a full refund.

Memberships & Discounts

Mass Audubon members at the Family level or above receive a discounted rate. To qualify, your membership must be current through your camper's last session, and you must be the parent, grandparent, or legal guardian of the camper being enrolled. Membership can be purchased or renewed at the time of registration. Learn more about membership >

Financial Aid

We believe connection with the natural world should be available to all. If finances are getting in the way of a summer at Ipswich River Nature Camp, financial assistance is available based on demonstrated financial need and available funds. Scholarships are limited to one session per child; however, all applications are considered and will be accepted on a rolling basis. Download a scholarship application >

Payment plan options are also available—please contact the Camp Director for more information.

Important Deadlines

All camp forms and waivers—as well as the balance of your camp tuition—are due by May 2. If registering after May 2, payment in full is required. All camp forms and waivers are due two weeks prior to your arrival at camp. A camper cannot attend camp (and their spot is not guaranteed) until all forms, waivers, and payments are completed or a payment plan has been established.

Additional Information

Camper Requirements

Campers are expected to be able to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols, to be determined by the start of camp based on the latest guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Visit massaudubon.org/camps for the latest information about COVID-19 safety at Mass Audubon Camps.

All campers must follow stated behavior expectations and safety rules. To ensure a successful camp experience, please discuss any pertinent information regarding your child’s needs with the Camp Director. We strive to make camp a great experience for all, and we can accommodate on a case-by-case basis. The Camp Director reserves the right to dismiss a camper when, in their judgment, the camper’s behavior interferes with the rights of others or violates the camp’s safety and behavior policies. In such cases, no refunds will be provided.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s ability to participate in our camp program, please contact the Camp Director.

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.

ACA Accreditation

We are proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association. Developed exclusively for the camp industry, this nationally recognized program focuses on program quality, health and safety, management, and camp operations.

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 >

Buddy Requests

One buddy request per camper will be honored when possible. Both campers must be the same age and both must request each other. All buddy requests must be made in writing at least one week prior to the first day of camp. We will try to honor requests for one friend to be placed in the same group with your child, depending on the experience and ages of both campers.

What Others are Saying . . .

"Our son thought it was the best camp of the summer! Thanks so much!" –Camp Family