Welcome to Wellfleet Bay Nature Camp

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Wellfleet Bay Nature Camp inspires a child’s lasting curiosity and excitement about nature. Campers ages 4–13 have fun and make friends as they explore the nature of Cape Cod at our 1,100-acre wildlife sanctuary. Our goals are to instill awareness and appreciation of nature, to demonstrate responsibility for the environment, and to promote nature as an accessible and inclusive place for all. Above all, we create memorable outdoor experiences for our campers. 

Please note: We are no longer running our Day Camp in Chatham—stay tuned for future updates on new camps!

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Our brochure contains more information about our camp, including full session descriptions, weekly themes, and pricing.

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How to Register

Mass Audubon members who are year-round Cape Cod residents with campers who attend a local school can register by phone by calling 508-349-2615 beginning Wednesday, January 25, 2023. Please have your child’s proof of residency in the form of a local school report card/progress report at your time of registration.

Starting Wednesday, February 22, 2023, registration will open to all; families can register online or by calling 508-349-2615.

In order to ensure equitable access to camp for all, we request that you register for no more than 4 sessions of camp per camper. 

At Wellfleet Bay, we register campers based on the grade level they are entering in the fall. NOT on their age. We believe all children in our camp groups should be at a similar developmental level, and our programming is designed with this in mind. Please use your camper’s rising grade when choosing which group to register for.

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NOTE: If you see the message "No matching programs found," it means public camp registration has not yet opened.

New for 2023: Sliding Scale Pricing

Mass Audubon is committed to ensuring that every family that wants their child to experience summer camp should have the opportunity to do so. A sliding scale model helps us work toward that goal through an easy and dependable process for families. Under the sliding scale model, every family will enroll for camp at a tuition rate based on their annual gross income.

Sliding Scale Update 

Due to overwhelming need for financial assistance, we have closed sliding scale registration for Tiers 1–4, except for campers who are local residents and attend school on Cape Cod. Full-price registration at Tier 5 will remain open until all available spaces are filled. If you are unable to pay the full tuition for camp, we encourage you to add your name to our waitlist.

As we continue to secure funding across the state, we will open more spaces at lower tiers if possible. Our statewide goal is to have a healthy balance of campers from all income tiers attend Mass Audubon Camps in order to increase equitable access for as many families as possible while still securing enough revenue to continue providing the excellent camp experience our communities have come to expect from Mass Audubon Camps.

At registration, you will have the opportunity to select the pricing tier that best fits your family’s gross income:

  • If you select Tiers 1–3, you will be asked to upload income verification documentation at a later time via CampDoc.
  • Campers who reside on Cape Cod year-round automatically qualify for Tier 3, and do not need proof of income. Proof of the camper’s enrollment in a Cape Cod school district in the form of a report card, progress report, or letter from the school must accompany registration.
  • All other camper families who fall into Tiers 4 or 5 do not need to provide proof of income.
  • If cost is still a barrier under the tiered structure, financial aid is also available.

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What Others are Saying . . .

"We have been coming to this camp for years and I’ve always loved it because of the focus on outdoor activities and exploration. The counselors are always so engaged and kind." –Camp Family

"He liked everything! Our camper came home very happy, he loved the counselors, the friends, and the nature." –Camp Parent