Wellfleet Bay Natural History Day Camp Program Descriptions & Hours

Campers at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Our flagship camp program, located at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in South Wellfleet, where campers ages 4–13 explore a variety of Cape Cod habitats.

Themed weekly sessions blend outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, games, songs, and crafts. No two weeks are alike, and 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 welcoming, supportive environment.

Camp Hours

  • Monday–Friday
  • Half Day: 9 am–12:30 pm (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

Half-Day or Full-Day

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. Please Note: Discoverers must be age 4 by June 1, 2017.

2017 Sessions: Animals of Wellfleet Bay | At the Water’s Edge | Marsh Muckers | Natural Detectives | Natural Wonders | Our Furry Friends | Scouting Wildlife | Seaside Adventure | Splish Splash | Wet & Wild | Wonderful Wings

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.

2017 Sessions: A Closer Look | All Creatures Great & Small | Crafty Nature | Dig It! | Fascinating Fish | Habitat Hunt | Marine Life Meanders | Migration Madness | Sealife Scientists | Scouting Wildlife | Wildlife Safari

Explorers (entering grades 2 or 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, led by Wellfleet Bay researchers and Explorers instructors.

2017 Sessions: Baby Animals | Believe It or Not | Beneath Our Feet | Creepy & Incredible Invertebrates | Save Our Species | Scouting Wildlife | Seaside Adventure | Slide, Slither, and Crawl | Treasure Hunters | Wilds of Wellfleet

Full-Day

Naturalists (entering grades 4 or 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. This program also includes weekly field trips to areas relevant to the subject being studied.

2017 Sessions: Animal Extremes | Cape Cod’s Aquatic Life | CSI Wellfleet: Critter Scene Investigations | Earth Stewards | Eco-Challenge | From the Bottom Up | Going Green | Herp Search | Ocean Odyssey | Scouting Wildlife | 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 practices, 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. Please Note: Participants must be able to demonstrate strong swimming skills in order to snorkel.

2017 Sessions: Budding Marine Biologists | Going Green | Into the Wild | Marine Biology A to Z | Migration Mania | Nature Scene Investigations | Survival! | The Great Outdoors | Working on the Water


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, 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 . . .

“For the third year we sent grandchildren to the Wellfleet camp. This year we sent six! They had a great experience and will be returning next year. They often mention things that they learned and all are developing a great respect and fascination with nature. The staff and camp counselors were great to deal with.”—Camp Grandparent

“Every summer the camp gets better and better. My children are always sad when their session ends. We have many great memories to add each summer! The boys just love it here!!!”—Camp Parent