North River Nature Day Camp | Sample Schedule

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No two days are alike at North River Nature Day Camp, but this sample schedule gives an idea of activity types and daily flow.

8:45–9:15 am

Camper Drop-Off & Choice Time

During this rolling drop-off time, campers are welcomed by their counselors and encouraged to join an active group game, observe the bird feeders, or build a stick fort. Campers may also choose to catch insects, experiment with nature art, or simply hang out with friends.

9:15–9:45 am

Opening Circle

This daily tradition brings the whole camp community together to recite the Nature Pledge, participate in a group activity, and share the day’s announcements and other fun tidbits of information!

9:45 am–Noon

Exploratory Hikes, Activities, & Snack

After snack and a bathroom break, much of the morning is spent along the trail exploring various habitats and topics related to the week’s theme. This may include activities such as searching for animal tracks, using sweep nets to catch insects, observing birds with binoculars, or spending some time in one of the sanctuary’s three camp shelters to read stories, work on art projects, or play games.

Noon–1:00 pm

Lunch & Choice Time

Campers eat lunch and enjoy unstructured free play.

1:00–2:40 pm

Hikes, Games, & Crafts

Afternoons at camp may include additional hikes, large-group games, and creative craft projects that reinforce the theme of the week.

2:40–3:00 pm

Closing Circle & Share Time

Another camp tradition, Closing Circle, brings the camp together to reflect on the day’s activities. Campers and counselors are welcomed to share their favorite parts of the day, providing an opportunity for all voices to be respectfully heard.

3:00-3:15 pm

Camper Pick-Up

3:00–4:30 pm

After Camp Program (Optional)

Available during Sessions 3-6 only

During this optional period, campers can choose from supervised activities such as hiking, free play, and crafts. Campers will need to bring a second snack. Preregistration required.

What Others Are Saying . . .

“My son had a great time. My only regret is that I didn't sign him up for more weeks. He loved it and we loved learning from him every day! Thank you.”

“Thanks for a great experience! Our daughter came home one day and made her own caterpillar walker with a friend from camp (with help from mom!) She had a great time last week and really enjoyed the team-building activities.”