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About Wild at Art Nature Camp

Wild at Art Nature Camp focuses on giving your child the chance to experience the transformative power of art and nature. A harmonious balance between outdoor exploration and thoughtful art projects challenge all of your child’s senses to absorb their environment, fostering a long-lasting relationship between them and the natural world. 

Each camper comes to understand their place in nature as well as the importance of preserving it. Adventures in art and ecology will keep your child engaged and excited to come back and learn more.

  • A camper at Wild At Art Nature Camp paints a landscape on a laptop easel, seated cross-legged in the grass
    Wild At Art Nature Camp at the Museum of American Bird Art Education Center, Canton
  • A group of campers at Wild At Art Nature Camp walking through a lush, green meadow with their counselors
    Wild At Art Nature Camp at the Museum of American Bird Art Education Center, Canton
  • A group of campers at Wild At Art Nature Camp cut out shapes in construction paper for an art project
    Wild At Art Nature Camp at the Museum of American Bird Art Education Center, Canton
  • A group of campers at Wild At Art Nature Camp ponding with dip nets in a pool of water in the forest, looking for aquatic wildlife
    Wild At Art Nature Camp at the Museum of American Bird Art Education Center, Canton
  • MABA campers seated cross-legged on small indoor rugs, reaching for bird feathers being held out by a teacher naturalist
    Wild At Art Nature Camp at the Museum of American Bird Art Education Center, Canton
  • A camper at Wild At Art Nature Camp throwing a pot on a spinning pottery wheel
    Wild At Art Nature Camp at the Museum of American Bird Art Education Center, Canton

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. 

To learn more about how Mass Audubon respects and embraces our campers’ and staff’s unique identities and needs, please review our Gender Inclusion at Camp policies and procedures.

Accommodations

Mass Audubon is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity and inclusion to ensure that everyone can participate fully in the magic of our nature programs.  As an outdoor, nature-based program, it is important that families of children who have disabilities understand Mass Audubon’s expectations, programs, and terrain prior to enrolling. 

If your child requires accommodations, please contact the camp director as soon as possible; a delay in request could have the unintended consequence of disrupting your child’s Mass Audubon camp experience.

Learn more about Accommodations and Behavior Expectations at Camp

Terrain

Due to the outdoor and exploratory nature of our camp program, campers will be moving on uneven terrain throughout the day. The terrain at our sites varies from hard-packed, gently sloped paths to steeper, uneven trails that may have exposed rocks, tree roots, and other obstacles. Additionally, weather conditions could affect our trails’ conditions. 

We encourage all families to visit the sanctuary prior to enrolling to understand its unique terrain. 

A Day at Camp

No two days of Wild at Art Nature Camp are alike, but this sample schedule provides an idea of activity types and daily flow.

ScheduleActivities
7:45–9:00 amBefore Camp Program (optional, registration required)
8:45–9:15 amCamper Drop-off (staggered by age group)
9:15–9:30 amOpening Circle
9:30 am–noonMorning Nature, Art Activities, & Snack
12:00–1:00 pmLunch & Free Choice Activity
1:00–2:45 pmAfternoon Nature & Art Activities
2:45–3:15 pmCamper Pick-Up (staggered by age group)
3:15–5:30 pmAfter Camp Program (optional, registration required)

Our Staff

Our camp staff is committed to helping campers to thrive, create, explore, build friendships, and be happy. Team members have expertise in environmental education, ecology, and art. 

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 Leadership

Tessa Holleran (she/her) is excited to start her third year as Education Coordinator and Wild at Art Camp Director at the Museum of American Bird Art Education Center. Tessa has extensive experience working with children of all ages. During the school year she works within her local communities to teach natural history, art, and STEAM. She loves creating art, teaching with Mass Audubon’s Animal Ambassadors, and being outside! She holds a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from Brandeis University. 

"The care each person we encountered showed for the well-being of our kids, and the intentional integration of science and nature and art—not as something they 'had' to do but as something to enjoy and be excited about...It is truly a magical place!" —2023 Camp Family

Camp Handbook

The Camp Handbook packet contains important information for families, including drop-off and pick-up instructions, health and safety procedures, packing lists, and more. Please be sure to read this prior to the start of your camper’s first session. 

The 2024 camp handbook will be available soon.

Camp License

Our camp complies with the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (105 CMR 430) and is licensed by the Canton Board of Health.

Accreditation

We are proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association, a nationally recognized program focused on program quality, safety, and management.

Camp Policy Requests

You may request copies of our background check, health care, discipline, bullying, and grievance policies at any time.

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