Berkshire Nature Camp | Program Descriptions & Hours

Berkshire campers on wooded hike

At Berkshire Nature Camp in Lenox, campers ages 3 to 16 have fun and make friends as they discover nature! Trail explorations, wildlife observation, outdoor play, hands-on activities, games, and crafts keep campers engaged throughout the summer. Camp takes place at Pleasant Valley, our 1,200-acre wildlife sanctuary with diverse forests, meadows, mountains, brooks, and beaver ponds. 

Camp Hours

  • Half Day: 9:00 am–1:00 pm (Knee-High Naturalists)
  • Full Day: 9:00 am–3:00 pm

Half-Day Sessions │ Full-Day Sessions | Teen Adventure Program

Half-Day Sessions • Ages 3–5

Knee-High Naturalists 
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5
Discover the wonders of nature this summer! Explore the trails at Pleasant Valley, play games, sing songs, make crafts, and listen to stories. Counselors are specially selected based on proven ability to lead younger children in the outdoors. Campers must be age 3 or older by June 1.

Full-Day Sessions • Ages 5–13

Discoverers (ages 5–6)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio 1:5
Nature truly is a magical place where wonder and adventure are waiting to be discovered behind each and every tree. Explore Pike’s Pond, Yukon Brook, and the fields and forests at Pleasant Valley; play games; and sing camp songs. Look for pond creatures and build secret gnome-home villages in the woods. Gain a greater connection to nature and curiosity about the outdoors, and learn how you can be a steward of the natural world.

Explorers (ages 7–9)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio 1:8
Oceanographer Don Walsh once said that "exploration is curiosity put into action." Get curious this summer as you explore the far reaches of Pleasant Valley in search of hidden wonders of the natural world. Hemlock forests, vernal pools, and beaver ponds await! Be ready for days packed with new sights, sounds, smells, and games as you get to know the sanctuary’s many habitats. Build survival shelters, and learn to identify plants and animals. On Wednesday, we’ll join the Naturalists group on a hike to top of Lenox Mountain.

Naturalists (ages 10–13)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio 1:10
Dive deep into the incredible complexity of the natural world. Explore the sanctuary off the beaten path, play games, and use real scientific techniques to investigate the outdoors. Learn how to track wildlife, survey for rare species using a specialized tool, and map bird-nesting sites. On Wednesday hike to the top of Lenox Mountain, and top off the week with a canoe adventure on one of our local waterways. (Some sessions include an evening component.)

Teen Adventure Program • Ages 13–16 (New!)

Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 10

Call of the Wild • July 8–12
Everything in the natural world is connected and communicating. Dive into the secret world of bird language, plant communication, and much more as you explore three Mass Audubon sanctuaries and canoe the mighty Housatonic River. Our investigations will be guided by campers’ interests along with whatever mysteries we find along the way. Practice real scientific techniques such as radio telemetry, water testing, and microscopy to shed light on some of the more elusive aspects of the natural world that most people will never encounter. Come for a week of science and adventure, and uncover the fascinating stories unfolding around us all the time! Includes trips to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Lime Kiln Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Housatonic River.

Canoe Camp • August 5–9
The Berkshires are one of the most water-rich places in North America and contain wonderfully diverse rivers, lakes, and wetlands. Explore by boat some of the most biologically unique places in the county and learn real scientific techniques, such as water chemistry tests and microscopy, used to study freshwater ecosystems. Be prepared for full days on the water and get ready to see a side of the Berkshires few people ever do! Canoe Camp staff are all trained in first-aid, CPR, and small watercraft safety. Includes trips to multiple sections of the Housatonic River, Laurel Lake, and Richmond Pond.

Leaders-in-Training • Ages 14–17

Training Date: Friday, June 21, 2019

Do you love being outdoors and working with children? Become a Leader-In-Training (LIT) and share your love of nature with younger campers while acquiring valuable leadership skills. LITs are a vital part of our camp program, and many go on to become camp counselors!

An application is required—contact the Camp Director to request one. Positions are limited, so please apply early! 

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 . . .

“Everything about this camp was amazing. It's what a camp should be and reminded me of my childhood. I'm so thankful for your scholarship so my children could experience camp.”

“As a family, we are very happy with this camp, the supervision, activities, and education that are provided each day! Thanks so much!” 

“The turtle tracking was awesome! She is already planning on being a wildlife scientist.”

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