North River Nature Camp | About Camp

North River campers walking a wooded trail

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Our Philosophy

With 225 acres of forest, field, and marsh, North River Nature Day Camp in Marshfield provides a magnificent natural space to explore and learn. Campers are encouraged to explore their curiosity, engage with others, and participate in hands-on, inquiry-based activities.

Weekly themes incorporate age-appropriate instruction, and small group sizes ensure that our counselors can create an environment where each child matters. A balance of daily activities, from group adventures to free play, enables us to meet campers’ developmental needs. We strive to create opportunities for personal growth and social development as campers interact with nature as well as with each other.

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.

A Day at Camp

No two days are alike at North River Nature Camp! But this sample schedule gives an idea of activity types and daily flow. Camp programs are structured around fun, educational group goals that provide consistency throughout the session. Daily themes inspire curiosity as campers participate in age-appropriate activities, which might include nature and habitat exploration, crafts, games, and more

8:50–9:15 am

Camper Drop-off & Choice Time

Caregivers check their campers in with counselors at the drop-off site each day. 

9:15 am

Camp Begins!

Each group goes to the camp shelters for opening circle, daily schedule, and games! On the first day, campers learn rules and expectations, camp site boundaries, and safety procedures from their counselors. 

9:30 am–12:00 pm

Exploratory Hikes, Activities, & Snack

Hands-on lessons, crafts, games, and nature walks are just a few ways campers explore the day’s theme. A break for snack keeps everyone energized. 

12:00–1:00 pm

Lunch & Choice Time

Lunch time! Campers reapply sunscreen and bug spray after lunch, and choose from several brief nature activities. 

1:00–2:30 pm

Afternoon Theme Exploration

Campers continue to learn about the day’s theme. They may enjoy water games, crafts, and nature exploration. 

2:30–3:00 pm

Closing Circle

Counselors and campers reflect on the day and gather belongings, then head to Pick-up. 

3:00-3:15 pm

Camper Pick-Up

Caregivers bring IDs and sign their campers out as counselors say farewell. 

Camp Staff

North River Nature Camp staff are dedicated and mature educators, naturalists, and students who are looking for more than “just a summer job”. They have experience working with youth, a passion for nature, and a deep commitment to sharing that connection with children. Camp educators foster a caring, fun, and emotionally and physically safe environment to create a cohesive and enjoyable experience for campers. All staff undergo an extensive interview process, reference and background checks, are CPR and first aid certified, and receive training in child development, natural history, environmental education best practices, and health and safety procedures.

From day one of our intensive two-week staff training, we seek to foster a unique sense of community and initiative among the counselors. Each counselor brings something unique and valuable to the camp experience, and by fostering their teaching styles and ideas we enrich our camp every year. We’re confident their passion makes North River Nature Camp one of the best summer experiences available to kids. 

North River Nature Camp counselors are trained in child development and supervision, health and safety procedures, behavior management techniques, natural history, and environmental education best practices. All staff undergo an extensive interview process, reference and background checks, and are CPR and first aid certified. In addition, we have access to an on-call doctor and local EMS services within four miles. 

> Interested in joining our camp team? Email us your cover letter, resume, and three references! <

Camp Director

South East Regional Camp Director Jacqui Shuster gets her hands dirty with a ponding net at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield

Jacqui Shuster (she/her) began her camp career here at North River. During her time at Bridgewater State University, where she graduated with a BS in Biology, she worked closely with turtles, birds, and snails while doing research in the field. From there she spent time in the Adirondacks and Tucson, Arizona where she worked for various community, educational, and outdoor programs. Jacqui returned to Massachusetts and began her time working as a Camp Counselor and Teacher Naturalist at North River Wildlife Sanctuary.

Her passion for the outdoors and connecting people to their community has led Jacqui to her place as Mass Audubon’s South East Regional Camp Director. Here she oversees North River Nature Camp in Marshfield and Oak Knoll Nature Camp in Attleboro. After the camp day, Jacqui enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time with her pets.

Camp Handbook

The Camp Handbook packet contains important information for families, including drop-off and pick-up instructions, health and safety procedures, packing lists, and more. Please be sure to read this prior to the start of your camper’s first session.

The 2023 Camp Handbook will be available for download in spring 2023.


Camp License

Our camp complies with the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105 CMR 430) and is licensed by the Marshfield Board of Health.

American Camp Association (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, health care, discipline, bullying, and grievance policies at any time. Request copies of our policies >

More information about registration and other policies for all Mass Audubon Camps is available here >