Chatham Location | Program Descriptions & Hours

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Natural History Day Camp in Chatham

at Chatham Elementary School

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Mass Audubon's Natural History Day Camp in Chatham inspires a child’s curiosity and excitement about nature. Campers ages 4 to 13 have fun and make friends as they explore the nature of Cape Cod. Our goals are to instill a sense of place, and an awareness and appreciation for nature. Above all, we create happy and memorable outdoor experiences for our campers. 

Camp headquarters is located at Chatham Elementary School (get directions). Each camper group will have a classroom to store belongings and use as a place for activities when there's inclement weather.

Camp Hours

  • Half Day: 9:00 am–12:30 pm (Peeps)
  • Full Day: 9:00 am–2:30 pm

Half-Day & Full-Day Sessions | Full-Day Sessions

Half-Day & Full-Day Sessions

Peeps (ages 4–5)
Entering Pre-K or K • Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1:5
The Peeps encourages curiosity and introduces campers to nature exploration and Cape Cod wildlife. Half-day sessions include time for a mid-morning snack, and full-day sessions include time for a mid-morning snack and lunch. Peeps stay on campus and visit wild places within walking distance of Chatham Elementary. (Must be age 4 by June 1.)

  • 2019 SESSIONS: Under Your Feet | Amazing Animal Adaptations | Between the Trees | Nature Art | Rad Reptiles | Wrack Line Investigators

Full-Day Sessions

Turtles (ages 5–7)
Entering Grades 1–2 • Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1:5
The Turtles program provides field experience through exploration, nature crafts, and creative games that focus on animals and their habitats. Full-day sessions include time for a mid-morning snack and lunch brought from home. Turtles travel off site by van on two field trips each week.

  • 2019 SESSIONS: Under Your Feet | Shark Enthusiasts | Between the Trees | Nature Art | Rad Reptiles | Wrack Line Investigators

Seals (ages 8.5–11)
Entering Grades 3–5 • Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1:7
The Seals program provides natural history experiences that focus on animals and their habitats through outdoor discovery, crafts, and creative games. Full-day sessions include time for a mid-morning snack and lunch brought from home. Seals go off site on field trips to learn more about their special theme.

  • 2019 SESSIONS: Benthic Biologists! | Fascinating Fields & Forests | Pollinator Power! | Travels Between the Tides | Freshwater Frenzy! | Marine Mania

Sharks (ages 11–13)
Entering Grades 6–8 • Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1:8
The Sharks program nurtures environmental stewardship and education through fun and exciting hands-on activities, including off-site field trips to explore Cape Cod’s varied habitats. Every week includes a snorkeling trip. Full-day sessions include time for a mid-morning snack and lunch. Field Trip highlights include: stand-up paddle boarding, Nauset Marsh kayak, Tern Island trip. Please Note: Participants must be able to demonstrate strong swimming skills in order to snorkel.

  • 2019 SESSIONS: Mission: Decomposition | The Game of Clue: Nature Edition | Shark Enthusiasts | The Power of the Coastline | Through the Streams | Geocaching: A Real-Life Treasure Hunt!

Leaders-in-Training • Ages 14-17

Chatham’s Leaders-in-Training (LIT) Program is for teens who are looking to gain experience working with children in a camp setting. Participate in trainings in natural history topics and teaching skills, assist camp groups, and learn to teach nature-themed lessons, games, and activities. 

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An application is required and space is limited. For more information and to request an application, contact the Camp Director.

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 . . .

“My kids loved this camp! It was great to hear them talk about their new knowledge of animals and insects, and they seemed more comfortable with nature. They also adored their camp counselors, who were very engaged and energetic.”

“You run a well-organized, child-friendly camp.”