Moose Hill 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-noon (Peepers only)
  • 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

Peeper Camp (ages 3-4.5)

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. Preschool toys are provided in both outdoor and indoor classroom spaces, helping young campers transition from home to camp. Half-day Peepers leave before lunch, while full-day Peepers enjoy lunch and return to the classroom for rest time, story time, and supervised play in the pine forest. Lead Teacher Patti Austin has more than 20 years of teaching experience and loves working with preschoolers!  

Nature Camps (ages 4.5-12)

Nature Camp connects children with the world around them through outdoor explorations, hands-on activities, fun games, and creative crafts. Weekly themes are explored by all, but activities differ for each age group.

Discoverers (ages 4.5-6)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5
Discoverers learn about native animals, hike the property, learn to use their senses to explore their environment, and play with new friends. Small group size ensures that each child is heard and has opportunities to contribute. 

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

Investigators (ages 9-12)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 10
Investigators delve deeper into the web of life comparing native wildlife species to those found in other ecosystems. Campers act as mentors to younger campers, and explore the sanctuary on-trail and off-trail.  Investigators will also get the opportunity to learn more about such Earth Science topics as geology, weather, and the water system.  

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!

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

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 with different mediums, explore the sanctuary for inspiration, and learn how to bring nature into your art.

Farm Camp (ages 10-12)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8
Explore our organic farm fields, sample fresh veggies, help with the harvest, do some weeding, dabble at the pond’s edge, and visit Ward’s Berry Farm! Enjoy the bounty of the harvest as you chop, cook, and pickle veggies that you picked. Farm Camp will also learn what it takes to make our CSA so successful. 

Science Camp (ages 10-13)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 10
Interactive, hands-on activities that explore a variety of scientific concepts make learning science fun! Science Campers explore the property, conduct a wide range of experiments, and participate in activities designed to engage curiosity and imagination. Each session has a different theme and focus.

Adventure Camp (ages 11-14)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 10
Adventure Campers travel to amazing natural places with others who like to explore! Some weeks include a mid-week overnight at the sanctuary, where we’ll go for a night hike, roast s’mores around the campfire, and gaze at the stars. 

Nature Adventure Camp (ages 12–15) New!
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! You’ll get out and explore parts of the sanctuary that most people never get to see. We will also learn skills and techniques to understand more about the natural world we explore, and experience how to develop strong communities by doing group activities and projects. This program allows you to get out and be a little wild!

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).

Leaders-in-Training (LIT)

Leaders-in-Training (ages 14-16)
If you’re a teen who enjoys working with children and wants to learn leadership skills, apply to become one of our Leaders-in-Training (LITs)! Participate in training sessions and assist counselors with leading camp activities. 

For more information or to request an application, please contact Patti Austin at 781-784-5691 or

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.

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"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."