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Blue Hills Trailside Museum, Milton

About Blue Hills Nature Day Camp

Blue Hills Nature Day Camp is an exciting outdoor adventure for children. We strive to educate children about ecology so that they will be motivated and empowered to maintaining a healthy environment for generations to come. Activities are carefully planned to meet these goals and, at the same time, create fun and memorable experiences.

Campers are encouraged to explore and appreciate the miracles and mysteries of our natural world. Through hands-on learning, they come to understand their place in nature as well as the importance of preserving it. As naturalist and conservationist John Muir once said, "When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to everything else in the world."

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

At Mass Audubon Camps, we strive to create a safe, inclusive, and caring camp environment where each person is respected and supported in their learning and growth. We believe that diversity—both in nature and in our human communities—is essential to strength, resilience, and innovation, and we are committed to recognizing the unique contributions of each community member.

A Day at Camp

No two days at camp are alike, but this sample schedule gives an overview of daily activities and flow.

8:30 am–9:00 amCamper Drop-off, Health Screening, & Games
9:00 am–10:00 amOpening Circle & Group Activities
10:00 am–10:30 amSnack Time
10:30 am–11:30 amHike
11:30 am–12:00 pmGroup Exploration
12:00-12:30 pmLunch
12:30 pm–2:30 pmNature Exploration, Play, & Crafts
2:30 pm–3:00 pmClosing Circle
3:00 pm–3:15 pmCamper Pick-up
3:30 pm–5:30 pmAfter Camp Program (optional) Campers can choose from a number of quiet activities including board games and cards or visit with the Blue Hills educational animals. Pre-registration required.

Camp Staff

Our caring, well-prepared counselors are actively engaged in teaching and playing with campers. All staff members bring their enthusiasm for outdoor exploration, a desire to educate, and a compassionate heart for children. Counselors are 18 years of age or older. Junior counselors are at least 16 years of age.

The majority of our staff have previously been with Blue Hills as campers or counselors. Our staff has a wide range of backgrounds and interests, and they bring together their passion for working with kids and nature to create an inclusive and welcoming community.

All staff undergo background checks, are certified in CPR and first aid, and receive training in health and safety procedures, child development, natural history, and environmental education best practices.

Camp Director

Laney Marcotte (she/her) is excited to return for her second year as director of Blue Hills Nature Camp. Laney has extensive experience working with children of all ages: For the past 8 years, she has worked in outdoor education, summer camps—including 40-day, overnight camp trips in the backcountry—and environmental education programs all over the U.S. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Bucknell University and a M.S. in Environmental Education from Southern Oregon University.