Two kids running in the snow. We all need nature—and nature needs you. Together, we can protect the wildlife and wild lands of Massachusetts for generations to come. Make a tax-deductible donation today.
Two kids running in the snow. We all need nature—and nature needs you. Together, we can protect the wildlife and wild lands of Massachusetts for generations to come. Make a tax-deductible donation today.
Brook with stones at Broad Meadow Brook
Broad Meadow Brook © Donald Perkins

Broad Meadow Brook Nature Camp Programs & Pricing

At Broad Meadow Brook Nature Camp, most of our days are spent outside exploring our surroundings and getting dirty. Camp fun will include outdoor exploration, noncompetitive games, songs, and stories. While no two weeks will be the same, some of our favorite camper activities will take place every week.  

Online registration for Broad Meadow Brook Nature Camp will open on Wednesday, January 24 at 6:00 am. To ensure that as many children as possible have the opportunity to explore and make memories at camp this summer, families may register each camper for no more than four weeks of camp. 

Nature Camps

Three-day Nature Camp 

Tuesday–Thursday • 9:00 am–1:00 pm
Biweekly sessions from June 25–August 15 

Bear Cubs • Ages 4.5–6

Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5

This three-day mini-camp will introduce your child to the wonders of Broad Meadow Brook! Each day will have a different nature-related theme that will guide our explorations and activities. Arts and crafts, hiking, games, snack, and lunch (brought from home) will be a part of every day.

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One-week Nature Camp

Monday–Friday • 9:00 am–3:30 pm
Weekly sessions, June 17–August 23 (no camp July 4–5)

Experience the wonder of nature at Broad Meadow Brook. Explore animal adaptations, climate change, birding, and how to respect and care for the Earth. Discover different habitats and wildlife around the sanctuary, play games, and make crafts, all while getting dirty and learning as you go!

Age Groups

Grasshoppers • Ages 5–6
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5

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Flickers • Ages 7–8
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8

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Mighty Oaks • Ages 9–11
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 10

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Coyotes • Ages 12–15
Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 10
Limited session dates for this age group

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Extended-Day Options

Pre-registration is required for extended day programming; you may add this option at checkout when you register your child for camp or call later to add to your camper's session. Sliding scale pricing also applies to extended-day programming.

Before Camp Program

8:00–9:00 am • Ages 4.5–15
Weekly rate: $50 for one-week camps, $22 for three-day camps (Bear Cubs)

Campers will spend their pre-camp morning engaged in quiet games and crafts. Please note: Breakfast is not provided. Parents should ensure that campers have eaten a hearty breakfast at home; you can bring a small snack.

After Camp Program

3:30–5:30 pm • Ages 5–15
Weekly rate: $75 (not available for Bear Cubs)

Campers will have a snack (brought from home) and make crafts, go hiking, or play games. Available for all campers except Bear Cubs. Campers are typically away from the building until 4:45 pm. Please plan pick-up between 4:45 and 5:30 pm.

Specialty Camps

Monday–Friday • Full-day (pick-up times vary)

Scientists of the Future • Ages 13–15

One-week sessions: July 15–19, August 5–9
9:00 am–3:45 pm

Calling all environmentally minded teens! Spend an entire week exploring outside doing authentic field work to collect and interpret data that scientists use to understand more about our world. Areas of focus may include wildlife habitats, water resources, sustainability, and climate change. 

The week will be filled with outdoor discoveries and extended hikes, hands-on science experiments, and learning how to use science tools and laboratory equipment. We will plan to travel in our Mass Audubon van to explore local colleges, career opportunities, and meet local scientists during our week together.  

Campers may attend both weeks; topics will be similar, but activities will vary. The After Camp Program option is available for this session.

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Exploring Mass Audubon • Ages 12–16

One-week session: August 12–16
9:00 am–5:00 pm

Travel to different Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries to explore and learn about varied habitats and ecosystems, including rivers, mountains, and meadows. Team building, birding, animal identification, hiking, and more will be included. 

This is a field trip-based session during which we will travel together in a Mass Audubon van to various Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries.

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Counselors-in-Training (CIT) • Ages 14–16

Weekly sessions: June 17–August 23
Mandatory training for first-time CITs is June 24–28

Learn what it takes to be a camp counselor. Gain leadership skills, hands-on training, and develop a lesson plan, which you will present at camp. First-year CITs will attend the training session and choose between two and four weeks of camp to help lead sessions. CITs who have previously completed training may choose between three and five weeks of camp to lead sessions.  

New CITs will pay for their training week, equivalent to the sliding scale price for one week of Nature Camp. Returning CITs have no fee. 

Contact Camp Director Lisa Carlin at [email protected] or 508-753-6087 ext. 5013 to request an application.

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2024 Camp Session Pricing

Mass Audubon is committed to ensuring that every family that wants their child to experience summer camp should have the opportunity to do so. A sliding scale model helps us work toward that goal through an easy and dependable process for families. With the sliding scale structure, every family enrolls for camp at a tuition rate based on their annual gross income and size of family. 

Mass Audubon Membership

Registering for camp is one of the many benefits of Mass Audubon membership. In order to register for camp, your membership must be current through the end of your camper's last session; if you need to purchase or renew your membership, you should do so as part of your camp registration transaction. 

All camp families registering at Tiers 1–3 will receive a free one-year Family membership (new or renewal), thanks to the generosity of members at the Protector level and higher who chose to donate their free gift membership benefit. 

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Prior to Registration

To make sure you’re prepared to register for camp, please read our registration instructions and camp policies, which include changes to pricing and membership.