About Habitat Nature Camp
Habitat Nature Camp has been engaging children in nature study since 1974. We are guided by a philosophy of discovery, providing campers with opportunities to explore, question, and connect in nature.
We encourage campers, ages 4–14, to explore their surroundings and discover new interests and talents. We inspire campers to question and challenge their understanding of nature and their own place within it.
Our camp community is welcoming and responsive and connects new and returning campers to lasting friendships.
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 are alike at Habitat Nature Camp in Belmont, but this sample schedule provides an idea of activity types and daily flow.
|9:00–9:30 am||Camper Drop-off & Choice Time Activities|
|9:30–9:45 am||Opening Circle|
|9:45 am–noon||Group Time|
|noon–1:00 pm||Lunch & Free Time|
|1:00–3:00 pm||Camper Group Time or Options|
|3:00–3:15 pm||Closing Circle|
|3:15–3:45 pm||Camper Pick-up|
|3:30–5:30 pm||After Camp Program (optional)|
Our Camp Staff
Camp staff are carefully hired for their maturity and caring attitude toward children. They are environmental educators, teachers, and camp instructors—many of whom are former Habitat campers! Each member of the staff provides enthusiasm for outdoor exploration and a passion for education. Small group sizes ensure that campers stay safe and engaged.
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. Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status is required immediately upon hire.
Camp is directed by Jane Higgins (she/her), who joined Habitat Education Center in 2000. Whether Jane is searching for caterpillars with Pathfinders, singing songs with Explorers, or teaching animal adaptations to Ecologists, a day at camp is a good day!