North River Nature Day Camp | Program Descriptions & Hours

Campers looking at robin's nest and egg

At North River Nature Camp in Marshfield, children ages 4.5 to 14 are encouraged to explore their curiosity about the natural world. Daily activities include trail explorations, habitat investigations, hands-on experiments, wildlife observation, creative games and crafts, and more. Each day a new adventure awaits!

Camp Hours

  • Full Day: 9:00 am–3:00 pm
  • After Camp Option: 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

Nature Theme Sessions │ Special Interest Sessions
Leaders-in-Training Extended Day Option

Nature Theme Sessions • Ages 4.5–11

Experience a variety of habitats and wildlife found at North River! Explore the outdoors, do hands-on activities, observe wildlife, play games, make crafts, and more. Different age groups will explore weekly themes through age-appropriate activities and outings. Sign up for one or more of these exciting weeks! 

Age Groups

Discoverers (ages 4.5–6)
Entering Grades K–1 • Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1:5

Explorers (ages 7–8)
Entering Grades 2–3 • Counselor-to-Camper Ratio 1:6

Naturalists (ages 9–11)
Entering Grades 4–6 • Counselor-to-Camper Ratio 1:8

2019 Sessions

Everyday Adventures** │ Fantastic Mini-Beasts │ Project Play** │
Mammal Ramble │ Extreme Earth Artists** │ Campology │
Aquatic Adventures** │ Summer Rewind

**Session includes a field trip.

Special Interest Sessions • Ages 9–14

Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5

Nature STEAM: Games & Challenges
July 8–12 • Ages 9–14
Connect to nature through STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Play games, participate in cooperative group challenges, and do hands-on activities that engage your curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving. Try designing a boat that can float, experiment with building a squirrel-proof birdfeeder, learn about symmetry in nature, and create temporary art using natural materials. (Session includes a field trip to Duxbury Beach.)

Into the Wild
July 15–19 Ages 9–11
Sharpen your wilderness survival skills and learn the basics of keeping yourself safe in the outdoors. Make shelters out of natural objects, learn fire-building techniques, and practice tying different kinds of knots. Learn about the principles of Leave No Trace hiking, and discover your wild side through challenging team-building activities and games. Take a field trip to Wompatuck State Park in Hingham to work on orienteering skills, and top off the week with a campout—complete with s'mores—at North River. (Session includes an overnight.)

Nature Photography
July 22–26 • Ages 9–14
The principle of "Leave No Trace" teaches us to take only pictures and leave only footprints. Explore nature through the lens of your camera and learn how take great nature photos while being mindful of your surroundings. Hike North River’s trails, try out different photography techniques, and practice your micro and macro observation skills. We'll select our favorite pictures for an end-of-the-week photo show for campers and parents. (Session includes a field trip.)

Creative Woodcraft
July 29–August 2 • Ages 10–14
Unplug this week and focus your creative energy on the skills and spirit of traditional woodcraft. Using old-fashioned hand tools, build a number of projects to share with future campers or to take home. Create rustic furniture and simple folk toys, gain an appreciation for the science and cycles of the forest, and build competence and confidence in your woodworking skills.

Adventure Stewards 
August 5–9 • Ages 11–14
Pack your sense of adventure this week and travel from sea to summit, discovering how you can help take care of the nature of Massachusetts. Tour the North River on a pontoon boat ride with the North and South River Watershed Association and hike the seashore with a Mass Audubon Coastal Waterbird Specialist at Duxbury Beach. Head for the hills of Central Massachusetts to camp out for one night at Wachusett Meadow and climb to the summit of beautiful Mount Wachusett. Experience nature with friends, learn outdoor skills such as orienteering and fire-building, and gain confidence and leadership skills through teambuilding activities.

Leaders-in-Training • Ages 15–17

Gain valuable leadership skills and job experience as you assist our Camp Counselors. Help plan and deliver camp activities such as nature projects, games, crafts, and songs. 

An application is required—download one below. A consecutive, two-week commitment is required and a mandatory training session will be held in June.

Extended Day Option

After Camp (3:00–4:30 pm) • July 8-August 2 

Campers enrolled in our optional After Camp extended day program can choose from supervised activities such as hiking, free play, and crafts. Available for campers in Sessions 3-6 only (July 8-August 2).

Pre-registration is required. Select desired dates for this optional program during checkout when enrolling online. 

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.

What Others Are Saying . . .

“It's by far a favorite of his and several friends old and new. Such a great experience for them.”

“Once again, you have outdone yourselves! Everything was spectacular. The stories I heard about the Mt. Monadnock trip had me wishing I could have joined you!”

“My son had a great week at camp and loved being outside and going on the nature hikes.” 

“I can't think of a single thing you could improve on. This was a wonderful experience for my daughter and she can't wait to go back.”

“My daughter had another awesome experience this week and is looking forward to her next session in August. I appreciate the attention each camper is given by the counselors and that the group bonds by midweek. My daughter has always felt accepted and an important part of the group since she started coming six years ago. This is not the case during the school year, so she looks forward to summer camp for those reasons. I appreciate the fact that there are still sessions for teens as it reinforces the importance of nature, conservation, etc. into young adulthood—and encourages them to enjoy the great outdoors.”