Wellfleet Bay Location | Program Descriptions & Hours

Wellfleet campers on a trail

Themed weekly sessions blend outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, games, songs, and crafts for campers ages 4–13. Some sessions incorporate offsite travel for special activities, such as kayaking, whale watching, and snorkeling. Small group sizes ensure that our counselors can develop a relationship with each child, creating a caring, supporting environment.

Camp Hours

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

Half-Day & Full-Day Sessions | Full-Day Sessions
Leaders-in-Training


Half-Day & Full-Day Sessions

Discoverers (entering Pre-K or K)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1:5
The Discoverers program encourages curiosity, increases sensory awareness, and provides an introduction to nature exploration. Discoverers must be age 4 by June 1.

2019 Sessions: Habitat Hunt | Marsh Muckers | Seaside Adventure | Wet & Wild | Animals of Wellfleet Bay | Nature Detectives | Colors of Nature | Scouting Wildlife | Our Outdoor Neighbors | Wonderful Wings | Wonders of Nature

Adventurers (entering grade 1)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1:5
The Adventurers program inspires nature discovery through outdoor exploration, crafts, and creative games that focus on animals and their habitats. 

2019 Sessions: Habitat Hunt | Migration Madness | Habitat Connection | A Closer Look | Crafty Nature | Wilderness Wanderings | Animal Architects | Marine Life Meanders | Six-Legged Frenzy | Fur, Feather, Scales, & Shells | Sloppin’ in the Saltmarsh

Explorers (entering grades 2–3)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1:7
The Explorers program emphasizes the habits and habitats of animals, and the interrelationships of all living things, through observation and hands-on activities. This program also includes special activities on Wednesday mornings, led by Wellfleet Bay researchers. 

2019 Sessions: Habitat Hunt | Save Our Species | Micro to Macro | Wild & Crafty | Very Cool Vertebrates | Happenin’ Habitats | Junior Geologists | Habitracks | Interesting Invertebrates | Wetland Wonders | Cold-Blooded Critters


Full-Day Sessions

Naturalists (entering grades 4–5)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1:8
The Naturalists program allows those interested in science to participate in field activities while learning methods and techniques used in wildlife community investigations. Sessions are full day with a mid-morning snack and lunch. This program also includes weekly field trips to areas relevant to the subject being studied.

2019 Sessions: Habitat Hunt | Nature in Flight | Cape Cod Cold Bloods | Coastal Encounters | Critter Scene Investigation (CSI) Wellfleet | Earth Heroes | Animal Extremes | Wild Behavior | Wildlife Watchers | Creative Nature | Herp Search

Ecologists (entering grades 6–8)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1:8
The Ecologists program expands on existing natural history knowledge. Campers will explore both on and off the sanctuary and participate in inquiry-based activities, scientific research, and ecological management studies. All sessions include opportunities to learn practical field techniques and ecological practice, as well as outdoor skills such as kayaking or snorkeling. Each week a different activity is offered with an emphasis on proper instruction and safety. 

2019 Sessions: Endangered Species | Cape Cod Waterways | Gone Camping | Carnivores of the Cape | Nature Photography | Underwater Investigations | Cape Cod Invaders | Coastal Ecology | Surf & Turf | Magnificent Migrators


Leaders-in-Training • Ages 14–17

Wellfleet Bay’s Leaders-in-Training (LIT) Program gives teens the opportunity to gain leadership experience while working with counselors and campers. LITs might participate in diamond back terrapin research or assist with bird banding. They receive training related to natural history and how to each nature-themed lessons, games and activities. One evening program each week is reserved for a night hike or bonfire!

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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.


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