Moose Hill Nature Day Camp | Program Descriptions & Hours

Michael Acciavetti and campers at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary Camp

Weekly sessions have campers discovering the sanctuary, getting dirty in farm fields, catching frogs by the pond, experimenting with science, dabbling in art, and venturing to new places. Small group sizes ensure that campers stay safe and engaged.  

Camp Hours

  • Half Day: 9:00 am-12:00 pm (Peepers)
  • Full Day: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Before Camp: 7:15-9:00 am
  • After Camp: 4:00-6:00 pm

Peeper CampNature Camps 
Special Interest CampsLeaders-in-Training

1-Week Peeper Camp • Ages 3–4.5

Half-Day Peeper Camp | Full-Day Peeper Camp 
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5
We explore weekly themes through outdoor and indoor activities designed to encourage campers’ natural curiosity. Circle Time promotes listening, learning, and sharing; crafts help develop fine motor skills; nature walks enhance sensory awareness; and outdoor play strengthens the body. Lead Teacher Patti Austin has more than 20 years of teaching experience and loves working with preschoolers!

1-Week Nature Camps • Ages 4.5–12

Campers connect with the world around them through outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, games, and crafts. Weekly themes are explored by all, but activities differ by age group. Small group size ensures that each child is heard and has opportunities to contribute.

Discoverers (ages 4.5-6)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5
Learn about native animals, hike the trails at Moose Hill, use your senses to explore your surroundings, and play with new friends. 

Explorers (ages 7-8)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8
Explore Moose Hill’s various ecosystems, play interactive games, and dig deeper into native species’ adaptations, behaviors, and food webs. Learn about our climate here in Massachusetts and how you can play a role in conserving the nature of our state. 

Investigators (ages 9-12)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 10
Delve deep into the web of life, comparing native wildlife species to those found in other ecosystems. Be a mentor to younger campers, and explore the sanctuary on- and off-trail. Learn more about Earth Science subjects like geology, weather, and the water system.

1-Week Special Interest Camps • Ages 9-16

Farming, creative arts, science, and adventure day trips—we’ve got it all for older kids seeking new challenges while delving into exciting interests!

Art Camp (ages 9-13)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 10
You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy Art Camp! Create unique art projects, discover self-expression using different mediums, explore the sanctuary for inspiration, and learn how to bring nature into your art.

Science Camp (ages 10-13)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 10
Have fun discovering scientific concepts through interactive, hands-on activities! Explore the wildlife sanctuary, conduct experiments, and participate in activities that will engage your curiosity and imagination.

Adventure Camp (ages 11-14)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 10
Travel to amazing natural places with others who like to explore! Some weeks include an overnight at the sanctuary, complete with a night hike, s’more roast around the campfire, and stargazing.

Roots Garden Camp (ages 7-9)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 6
Want to dig in and get your hands dirty with gardening? Explore the sanctuary’s new Farm House Gardens. Learn about sustainable gardening techniques and what to plant to attract pollinators. Pick, sample, and prepare veggies straight from the garden beds! 

Shoots Garden Camp (ages 10-12) new!
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8
Dig in to our expanded Farm House Gardens and learn how to do small-scale gardening at home. Harvest, prepare, and cook vegetables from our gardens and CSA farm fields, and learn how a garden works from compost to harvest.

Leadership Camp (ages 13.5-16)
Develop your leadership skills alongside other teens! Participate in team-building activities, design a service-learning project, and learn kid-friendly nature-camp activities that will help you to succeed as a Leader-in-Training (LIT).

Nature Adventure Camp (ages 12–15)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 6
Curiosity and a love of adventure do not go away when you get older. Enter, Nature Adventure Camp! Get out and explore parts of the sanctuary that most people never get to see. Learn wilderness survival and navigation skills, as well as skills and techniques that you can use to interpret the natural world. Experience what it’s like to develop a strong camp community by doing group activities and projects. Get outside and be a little wild!

Leaders-in-Training (LIT) • Ages 14-16

Nurturing Experiences for Staff Trainees (NEST)
If you’re a teen who enjoys working with children and wants to learn leadership skills, apply to be in our N.E.S.T program! Participate in training sessions and assist counselors with leading camp activities. 

LITs must be at least age 14 by the start of camp. A minimum commitment of three Nature Camp and/or Special Camp sessions is required. Each LIT's first two weeks must be consecutive, unless they have attended our Leadership Camp or are a returning LIT. LITs who attend Leadership Camp in 2019 will receive a $10 discount per LIT session.

For more information or to request an application, contact Julia Signorella by email or by calling 781-784-5691.

Overnight Camp at Wildwood

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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.

See what people are saying...

"Absolutely wonderful! We are so delighted to have sent our girl to your camp to explore, hike, play, create, and enjoy nature!" —Explorer Parent

"My son really enjoys the science camp! He loved making the solar oven, a project we have never done before (and it actually works!)"

"Moose Hill Camp has instilled a wonderful appreciation for nature and our natural resources in my son. He has a ‘blast’ there all summer and he can’t wait to go back."