Natural History Day Camp in Chatham | Program Descriptions & Hours

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Camp is located at Chatham Elementary School. Themed weekly sessions have campers ages 4–13 exploring trails, discovering tidal flats, catching frogs, experimenting with science, dabbling in art, and venturing to new places around Chatham Elementary School. Small group sizes ensure that our counselors can develop a relationship with each child, creating a caring, supporting environment. Get Directions >

Camp Hours

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

Half- or Full-Day Sessions | Full-Day Only Sessions
Teen Volunteer Opportunities


Half- or Full-Day Sessions

Peeps (entering Pre-K or K)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1:5
The Peeps program is designed to encourage a young child’s curiosity by introducing him or her to nature exploration and Cape Cod wildlife. Half-day sessions include time for a mid-morning snack brought from home, and full-day sessions include time for a mid-morning snack and lunch brought from home. Peeps stay on campus and make fun treks to wild places within walking distance of Chatham Elementary. Please Note: Must be age 4 by June 1.

2018 Sessions: Amazing Adaptations | Birding Bonanza! | Insect Investigators | Nature Navigators | Open Ocean Oddities | Streams to Sea


Full-Day Only Sessions

Turtles (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.

2018 Sessions: Amazing Adaptations | Birding Bonanza! | Insect Investigators | Nature Navigators | Open Ocean Oddities | Streams to Sea

Seals (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.

2018 Sessions: Amazing Aquatics | Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes! | Freshwater Friends | Predators | The Great Flight | Winged Wonders

Sharks (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 will include a snorkeling trip. This full-day session includes time for a mid-morning snack and lunch brought from home. Please Note: Participants must be able to demonstrate strong swimming skills in order to snorkel.

2018 Sessions: Eager Entomologists | Shark Enthusiasts | Species Survival | Surf & Turf | Survival Tactics | Working on the Water


Teen Volunteer Opportunities

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.

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.”