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.
Stone bridge over water with trees in background
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield

Ipswich River Nature Camp Programs & Pricing

Every day is an adventure at Ipswich River Nature Camp! See a list of our programs below for summer 2024.

Online registration for Ipswich River Nature Camp will open on Wednesday, January 17 at 6:00 am. Registration by phone and customer support will not be available until regular business hours.

One-week Nature Camps

Monday–Friday • 8:30 am–3:00 pm
Weekly sessions from June 24–August 16

Age Groups

Young Naturalists • Ages 5–6

Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5

See available sessions

Investigators • Ages 7–8

Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8

See available sessions

Naturalists • Ages 9–11

Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8

See available sessions

Two-week Nature Camps

Monday–Friday • 8:30 am–3:00 pm
Two-week sessions from June 24–August 2

Age Groups

Trekkers • Ages 7–8

Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 5

See available sessions

Explorers • Ages 9–11

Counselor-to-Camper Ratio: 1 to 8

See available sessions

Extended-Day Option 

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

Ages 4–14 • 7:30–8:30 am
Weekly rate: $55 ($44 for week of July 4)

After Camp Program

Ages 4–14 • 3:00–4:00 pm
Weekly rate: $55 ($44 for week of July 4)

Teen Leadership Programs

Environmental Leadership for Teens • Ages 12–14

Two-week session: July 8–19

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

Two-week sessions from July 1–August 9
Must submit an application, limited spaces available

Apply to be a CIT

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. 

Review Sliding Scale Tiers

Due to overwhelming need for financial assistance, we have closed registration for Tiers 1-3. Tier 4 Registration is still available by phone only. If you are unable to pay the Tiers 4 or 5 tuition for camp, we encourage you to add your name to our waitlist. As we continue to secure funding across the state, we will open more spaces at lower tiers where possible.

Our statewide goal is to have a healthy balance of campers from all income tiers attend Mass Audubon camps in order to increase equitable access to camp for as many families as possible while still securing enough revenue to continue providing the excellent camp experience our communities have come to expect from Mass Audubon camps.

Join the Waitlist

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.