Natural History Day Camp in Chatham Program Descriptions & Hours

Campers at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Camp using a fish net

Mass Audubon’s Natural History Day Camp in Chatham, a satellite location for the popular Wellfleet Bay Natural History Day Camp, is designed to promote a child’s innate curiosity and excitement about nature. 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.

Camp Hours

  • Monday–Friday
  • Half Day: 9 am–12:30 pm (Peeps, only; with midmorning snack from home)
  • Full Day: 9 am–2:30 pm (with snack and lunch from home)

One-Week Sessions | Teen Volunteer Opportunities

One-Week 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. Peeps stay on campus and make fun forays to wild places within walking distance. Please Note: Must be age 4 by June 1, 2017.

2017 Sessions: Beach Biologists | Camouflaged Critters | Garden Explorers | Habitat Hunt | Nature Prowl | Our Outdoor Neighbors


Turtles (entering grade 1)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1:5
The Turtles program provides field experience through exploration, crafts, and creative games that focus on animals and their habitats. Turtles travel off-site by van on one field trip each week.

2017 Sessions: Animal Instincts | Between the Tides | Pond Patrol | Saltwater Wonders | Sealife Scientists | Track Detectives

Whales (entering grades 2-3)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1:7
The Whales program emphasizes the natural history of animals and the interrelationships of all living things through observation and hands-on field activities. Whales go off-site on two field trips to learn more about their special theme.

2017 Sessions: Magnificent Marine Mammals | Micro to Macro | No Bones About It | Nuts about Nature | Ocean “Monsters” | Slide, Slither, Leap, and Crawl

Seals (entering grades 4-5)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1:8
The Seals program provides natural history experiences that focus on animals and their habitats through outdoor discovery, crafts, and creative games. Seals go off-site on field trips to learn more about their special theme.

2017 Sessions: Animal Investigations | Coastal Encounters | Endangered Species | From the Bottom Up | Hunters and the Hunted | Word of Water

Sharks (entering grades 6-8)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1:8
The Sharks program fosters environmental stewardship and education through fun and exciting activities, including off-site field trips to explore Cape Cod’s varied habitats. Every week will include a snorkeling trip. Please Note: Participants must be able to demonstrate strong swimming skills in order to snorkel.

2017 Sessions: Carnivores of the Cape | Focus on Fish | In the Field | Into the Wild | Land and Sea | Marine Biology A to Z

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, call 508-349-2615 or email us.

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 camper loved the variety of activities and being with other kids who loved the outdoors. He particularly enjoyed kayaking. Every day he said he had an awesome time!”—Camp Parent