Wellfleet Bay Natural History Day Camp | 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- or Full-Day Sessions | Full-Day Only Sessions
Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Half- or Full-Day Sessions

Discoverers (entering Pre-K or K)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1:5
The Discoverers program is designed to encourage a young child’s curiosity, increase sensory awareness, and provide an introduction to field experience. Sessions are half day (with a mid-morning snack) or full day (with snack and lunch). Please Note: Discoverers must be age 4 by June 1.

2018 Sessions: Animal Adventures | Circles of Life | Habitat Connection | It's a Wild World | Life at the Sea's Edge | Nature's Treasures | Outdoor Super Sleuths | Roaming & Rambling | Salty Discoveries | Sanctuary Prowl | Squish Squash

Adventurers (entering grade 1)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1:5
The Adventurers program provides continued field experience through exploration, crafts, and creative games focusing on animals and their habitats. Sessions are half day (with a mid-morning snack) or full day (with snack and lunch). 

2018 Sessions: Aqua Critters | Between the Tides | Bugs, Slugs, & Beyond | Nuts About Nature | Predators & Prey | Salty Discoveries | Sealife Scientist | Slide, Slither, Leap, & Crawl | Things with Wings | Underwater Homes | Wildlife Safari

Explorers (entering grades 2–3)
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1:7
The Explorers program emphasizes the natural history of animals and the interrelationships of all living things through observation and hands-on field activities. This program also includes special activities on Wednesday mornings, which are led by Wellfleet Bay researchers and Explorers instructors. Sessions are half day (with a mid-morning snack) or full day (with snack and lunch). 

2018 Sessions: Along the Seashore | Bird Bonanza | Crafty Critters | Friends of the Earth | Natural Spies | No Bones About It | Predators | Salty Discoveries | Water Works | Wildlife Rangers | Wilds of Wellfleet

Full-Day Only 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.

2018 Sessions: Cape Cod's Cold Bloods | Conservation Campers | Endangered Species | Hunters & the Hunted | Into the Wild | Marine Life Mania | Salty Discoveries | Spineless Wonders | Stupendous Scientists | Wild & Crazy Animals | Wildlife Watchers

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. 

2018 Sessions: Altered States | Careers in Nature | Critical Coastal Habitats | Exotic Aquatics | Field Research Fundamentals | Focus on Fish | Great Web of Life | Herpetology | Island Explorations | Turtles of Cape Cod

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Leaders-in-Training (ages 14–17)
Wellfleet Bay’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 . . .

“We’re very happy with the camp. It’s been a wonderful experience for our son for the last four years.”

“My son loves everything about Audubon! It is our favorite camp of all time! ”

“We were very pleased and felt the staff was supportive, friendly, and approachable.”

“You run an outstanding camp! Julian and his cousins had a terrific experience!”

“Time outside and away from screens is CRITICAL— thank you for this!”

“The staff are awesome!”