Wild at Art Summer Camp | Program Descriptions & Hours

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Campers have fun and build lasting friendships as naturalists, teaching artists, and trained counselors lead them in outdoor explorations and creative art projects, including pottery, painting, mixed media, printmaking, and much more. One and two-week sessions blend art, nature, science, and engineering for a stimulating experience.

Camp Hours

  • Full Day: 9:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Before Camp Option: 7:30–9:00 am
  • After Camp Option: 3:00–5:30 pm

Mini-Sessions | One-Week SessionsSpecialty Sessions
Travel Sessions | Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Two-Day Mini-Sessions (ages 4–6 & 7–8)

That’s Wild: Water Safari
July 2-3
Splish-splash, exploring water is a blast! Go on a water safari in search of tadpoles, frogs, salamanders, and much more in our vernal pool and brook. Let your imagination run wild as you create art inspired by water, including painting and the Japanese water art, suminagashi.

Watery Worlds
July 5-6
Search for creatures that live in water as you explore our vernal pool and brook. Let frogs, salamanders, and water inspire you to create amazing prints. You will learn different printmaking techniques, such as collagraphy, stamp making, and relief-printing.

Two-Day Mini-Sessions (ages 9–10 & 11–13)

Aquatic Adventures: Part 1
July 2-3
Pursue creatures that live in water and explore our vernal pool and brook. Let frogs, salamanders, and water inspire you to create amazing prints. During this two-day mini-camp, you will learn different printmaking techniques, such as creating a collograph print and carving a relief print in foam.

Aquatic Adventures: Part 2
July 5-6
Pursue creatures that live in water and explore our vernal pool and brook. Let frogs, salamanders, and water inspire you to create amazing prints. During this two-day mini-camp, you will learn different printmaking techniques, such as creating a collograph print and carving a relief print in foam.

Build a Digital Camera to Create Wild Art
July 5-6
Back by popular demand! There is art in science and science in art: one does not exist without the other. Immerse yourself in artistic and scientific inquiry as you build a digital camera and create art. Learn about the science and technology "hidden" inside a camera and learn how to take awesome nature photos and selfies! At the end of the week, the camera is yours to keep!

One-Week Sessions (ages 4–6 & 7–8)

Clay-Mazing Flyers
June 25-29
Discover amazing birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and other winged creatures that live on our wildlife sanctuary. Let these soaring animals inspire you to create clay birds and other animal sculptures as you learn different hand-building ceramic techniques. Have fun exploring the outdoors, playing games, and building friendships.

Taking Flight with Hawks & Falcons
July 9-13
Soar like a hawk through the woods, swoop like a falcon along the brook, and enjoy the amazing opportunity to see these majestic birds up close as this week includes a visit from live hawks and falcons. Our feathered friends will inspire art projects that will focus on clay art and printmaking.

Nature’s Super Heroes
July 16-20
It’s a bird, it’s a plane—it’s a nature superhero! Learn all about the amazing ways animals and plants are nature superheroes, and how you can be one, too. Let your imagination run wild as you "soar" along the sanctuary trails, search for incredible wildlife adaptations in our brook, and create superhero-inspired art.

That’s Wild: Butterfly Safari
July 23-27
Soar, flap, and float as you spend the week discovering how butterflies fly, drink, and eat. Design and build a set of wearable butterfly wings, and "soar" through the sanctuary as you go on a native butterfly safari. The Caterpillar Lab visits camp this week. You will see amazing native caterpillars up close and learn all about their incredible adaptations of this fantastic creatures.

Discovering Where the Wild Things Are
July 30-August 3
Go on a weeklong animal safari at the sanctuary, explore wildlife through beloved children’s literature, and create your very own illustrated book. Discover techniques used by picture-book illustrators and use them in your wonderfully wild stories.

That’s Wild: Clay-Mazing Owls
August 6-10
Owls soar into camp again this summer! Spend the week on the prowl for owls; it’s sure to be a hoot and filled with "owly" puns. See live owls up close, learn about their special adaptations, and create art based on the different species found in Massachusetts. You will learn different hand-building techniques, including slipping, scoring, coiling, and more.

Clay-Mazing Treasure Hunters
August 13-17
Scour the sanctuary in search of wildlife treasure, including buried nature "artifacts." Create clay treasures using different ceramic techniques. Use treasure maps, build a clay treasure chest, and hand-build other ceramic "artifacts."

One-Week Sessions (ages 9–10 & 11–13)

Flying with Clay
June 25-29
Observe dragonflies as they patrol their territories in the meadow, discover how butterflies use random flight patterns to avoid predators, and look for nesting birds along the sanctuary trails. Use all of your discoveries about flying to inspire you as you create bird sculptures, hand-mold clay dragonflies, and experiment with different clay techniques.

Taking Flight with Hawks & Falcons
July 9-13
"Soar" like a hawk across the meadow, "swoop" like a falcon through the woods, and see these majestic birds up close, as this week includes a visit from live hawks and falcons. Our feathered friends will inspire art projects, which may include creating falcon-inspired paintings and hawk-inspired mixed media collages.

Exploring Watery Worlds
July 16-20
Catch and release crayfish, discover how dragonflies spend some of their life underwater, and use our digital microscope to uncover the miniature world hidden in a drop of vernal pond water. This week you will become an aquatic ecologist as you explore our brook and vernal pool. Your discoveries will inspire your art projects, which will include mixed-media paintings, collage, and more.

Magnificent Mammals
July 23-27
Discover red fox tracks in the meadow, search for signs of otters in the brook, and use a remote trail camera to photograph deer in the red maple swamp after dark. You will learn about amazing mammals as you explore in search of tracks and other telltale signs. Uncover the hidden nocturnal world of mammals and look closely at signs they leave behind using our digital microscope. Art projects will take inspiration from what we find and may include creating mammal sculptures and paintings.

Soaring Owls & Nature Photography
August 6-10
Discover the mysterious world of owls and develop the skills needed to capture nature’s beauty through the lens of a camera. Demystify the settings on your camera and learn to take photographs that convey the magnificence of our natural world. Please note: campers will need to bring their own digital camera.

Painting Immersion: Famous Artists & You
August 13-17
Gather inspiration from the natural world and explore painting in depth. Paint outside, discover different techniques inside the studio, and get up close with masterpieces in Mass Audubon’s art collection. Enjoy the space and freedom to experiment with painting and create your own masterpiece.

Two-Week Specialty Sessions (ages 11–14)

Nature Journaling, Field Biology, & Painting
Week 1: July 16–20 | Week 2: July 23–27
Do you love exploring nature, making discoveries, and creating art? During this two-week session, you will conduct mini science experiments, survey our vernal pool and brook as an aquatic ecologist, and discover hidden natural treasures. Picture yourself finding monarch caterpillars in the meadow, using our digital microscope to get a closer look, and creating a monarch-inspired work of art. Imagine exploring the brook, catching and releasing crayfish, and sketching and painting what you’ve seen. Campers will take home a ‘curiosity kit" at the end of the session and make their own watercolor kit filled with high-quality paint and a travel-size brush. Each camper also will receive an artist-quality sketchbook and high-quality drawing supplies to take home.

Nature-Inspired Pottery: Clay-Mazing Creatures & Nature’s Table
Week 1: July 30–August 3 | Week 2: August 6–10
Do you love creating art and learning about nature? During this two-week session, you will be immersed in the world of pottery. Learn how to throw on our pottery wheels and create nature-themed tableware, such as plates and mugs. You will discover how to combine techniques on the potter’s wheel with hand-building to create cups, platters, and other tableware inspired by summer and the wildlife you see at camp. You will also create sculptures that re-imagine the animals and plants that live at the sanctuary and in your own backyard.

One-Week Travel Sessions (ages 11–15)

Space is extremely limited and sessions will fill up quickly—early registration is encouraged. Sign up for both travel weeks and save $50!

Nature & Art Adventure Travel: Nature, Art, & Exploration
July 9–13
Calling all adventurers, artists, and nature lovers! During this one-week travel session you will create art, visit amazing locations, and have fun with friends. We will travel to internationally renowned artist Barry Van Dusen’s studio (barryvandusen.com) for a behind-the-scenes tour. At the studio, you will see where and how Barry creates art and learn directly from a master artist. Afterwards, we will travel to Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary to sketch and paint with Barry in the field for a truly one-of-a-kind experience. We will travel by ferry to Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor for a day of exploration and art creation in a natural space that has incredible marine and terrestrial ecosystems. We will also travel to the Rhode Island Institute of Design (RISD) for a unique tour of its world-renowned Nature Lab, and have the opportunity to create art inspired by works in its collection. We’ll follow this with a visit to the Roger Williams Park Zoo to draw animals from live subjects. Please note: The travel program schedule is subject to change. All participants will receive and take home an artist-quality sketchbook, drawing supplies, watercolor palette with high-quality paints, and a watercolor brush. All admission fees, ferry costs, and materials are included in the cost of the program.

Nature & Art Adventure Travel: Nature Photography & Animal Encounters
July 9–13
If you love animals, photography, and beautiful natural habitats, then this travel week session is for you! During this one-week program, you will travel to diverse natural habitats, including beach, marsh, lake, meadow, and forest; go on scenic hikes; photograph incredible animals; and improve your photography skills. We’ll visit a zoo to photograph animals up close; go behind the scenes at Blue Hills Trailside Museum to learn about wildlife rehabilitation and care; and hike to the top of Great Blue Hill to take scenic landscape photos. During the travel week, you will visit a diversity of habitats and scenic vistas. We’ll also head to Mass Audubon’s Daniel Webster and Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuaries to photograph birds and other animals. Each day you will learn more about photography and improve your skills. Please note: The travel program schedule is subject to change. All admission costs are included in the cost of the program.

Extended Day Options

Before-Camp (7:45–9:00 am) • After-Camp (3:00–5:30 pm)

Need an earlier drop-off or a later pick-up? Our trained camp staff will supervise campers enrolled in our optional Before and After Camp programs. Campers may choose from a variety of activities, including active games, restful games, coloring, crafts, and reading. The group also may choose to play in the field just outside the Nature Center.

Preregistration is required. Select desired dates for this optional program during checkout when enrolling online.

Volunteer Opportunities

Leaders-in-Training (ages 15–17)

Are you a high school student who is enthusiastic about camp, nature, and art? We are looking for you! Leaders-in-Training (LITs) develop valuable leadership and teaching skills. LITs are an important part of our camp and contribute to the overall safety and well-being of our campers.

All LITs commit to at least two weeks of camp and several training days in June. An application is required. To apply, please 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

“Wild at Art is an amazing camp. It is the best-run camp we have attended. Sean Kent, the camp director, does an amazing job. The whole staff is professional, and engages well with the campers.”

“The camp was amazing. My daughter LOVED it. She was so happy to attend, made new friends and learned a lot in her 2 weeks at Wild at Art. The extra-special touches like the art show and pictures are appreciated. Thank you.”

“I cannot say enough good things about Wild at Art camp! It is an intimate setting, the staff are excellent, and the director is hands on with all of the kids and parents. My daughter got to spend the summer outside, exploring nature, hiking on the trails, and getting in touch with her creative side with lots of art and photography. She came home with paint on her clothes, dirt on her skin, tired and happy! She can’t wait to go back this summer!”

“I think the programs are amazing. The staff is great and you all do a great job. I love how the programs are expanding.”

“Sending our son to the Wild at Art camp for the last couple of years was, without a doubt, a great decision. The weeks he spends at the camp are the highlight of his entire summer. He is always so happy and confident and begging to get out of the house and off to camp in the morning. Art and nature are two things that are super important to our family and also two things that he enjoys very much, so everyone is thrilled! He will definitely be returning next summer!”

“I was just thinking that Wild at Art camp is the perfect place for me. I love nature and I love art. That must be why I like it so much.” —Camper

“My camper loved all aspects about the camp. I think one of the best parts for her was the smaller camp group size. And, she loved the activities—I was very impressed with the pottery and other projects she brought home. Very cool!”

“We are grateful we found you and your camp. Each year the boys are so happy to attend! Your staff is friendly and helpful, and the kids really enjoy it. Thank you for all the hard work you and your staff put into the camp each year.”

“My son loved the camp. The group sizes were perfect for getting to know the kids and counselors. He loved hikes to the brook, catching different creatures, and of course the art projects.”