Wachusett Meadow Nature Camp | Sample Schedule

Adventurers campers on the pond dock at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary

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No two days are alike at Wachusett Meadow Nature Camp, but this sample schedule provides an idea of activity types and daily flow.

7:30–9:00 am

Before Camp Program (Optional)

During this optional program, campers will spend the morning engaged in quiet games or crafts. Registration required.

9:00–9:30 am

Camper Drop-off & Choice Time

Counselors welcome their campers and remind them of where to put their backpacks and lunchboxes. To start the day, campers can choose from a variety of indoor and outdoor games and activities.

9:30–9:45 am

Opening Circle

Campers learn about the day ahead!

9:45 am–12 pm

Morning Hike, Snack, Story, & Exploration

Weekly themes are reinforced through trail explorations and nature study. Activities that engage and deepen learning may include catching insects in the pond or field, searching for salamanders, and hiking to the sanctuary’s glacial boulder, to name just a few!

12:00–1:00 pm

Lunch & Free Play

Campers eat lunch and enjoy free play time.

1:00 pm

Camper Pick-up for Preschool Naturalists

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

1:00–3:15 pm

Afternoon Hike, Snack, & Activity

After lunch campers enjoy a second session of activities similar to the morning. The hike is often shorter and on hot days, water games are often included.

3:15–3:30 pm

Closing Circle

Campers share their adventures from the day.

3:30-3:45 pm

Camper Pick-Up

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

3:30–5:30 pm

After Camp Program (Optional)

During this optional program, campers may go on a short hike, play games, or enjoy crafts. Registration required.