About Wellfleet Bay Nature Camp
At Wellfleet Bay Nature Camp, discovery takes center stage. Campers are encouraged to explore and appreciate the natural world. Through hands-on learning, they come to understand their place in nature as well as the importance of preserving it.
Our goals are to instill awareness and appreciation of nature, to demonstrate responsibility for the environment, and to promote a sense of place, where nature is accessible and inclusive for all. Above all, we seek to create memorable outdoor experiences for our campers!
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 Wellfleet Bay Nature Camp! However, this sample schedule will give you an idea of activity types and daily flow.
9:00 am: Camper Drop-off & Craft Activity
Counselors welcome their campers and hand out nametags. Campers spend time creating simple arts and crafts projects.
9:15-9:45 am: Morning Circle & Schedule
The whole camp gathers together for an introductory activity, playing name games, and going over the schedule for the day.
9:45-10:14 am: "Theme of the Day" Introduction
Each small group has its own daily theme that supports nature and science learning. Activities and objectives are unique to each age group.
10:15-10:40 am: Snack & Bathrooms
Campers enjoy a snack brought from home and take a break.
10:40 am-12:00 pm: Habitat Hike
Groups explore the trails and habitats as they learn more about their themes. This may include activities such as catching frogs, looking for caterpillars, or searching for signs of deer, to name just a few.
12:00-12:30 pm: Lunch & Bathrooms
Campers enjoy the lunch they brought from home and take a break
Half-day pickup at 12:30 pm.
12:30-1:00 pm: Half-Day Pickup and Afternoon Games
Counselors reinforce concepts about the Theme of the Day through special games.
1:00-2:00 pm: Science Activity
Campers continue to explore their daily theme through hands-on experiments and science learning.
2:00-2:15 pm: Nature Free Play & Closing Circle
Campers enjoy supervised free play time before the whole camp gathers together to share their favorite parts of the day.
2:15-2:45 pm: Camper Pick-Up (Full Day)
Our staff members are chosen for their enthusiasm, experience, knowledge, inclusivity, and ability to work with children in the outdoors. They are college graduates or undergraduates currently enrolled in an environmental and/or educational field of study.
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 Morgan Peck (she/her) has been an educator with Mass Audubon since 2013 and based at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary since 2016. Throughout the year, Morgan teaches and coordinates educational nature programming for schools and visiting groups. When not teaching, Morgan helps stranded/entangled sea turtles and other marine wildlife as well as organizing local efforts to combat the climate crisis on Cape Cod with the Youth Climate Leadership Program.
Assistant Camp Director Laura Baghetti (she/her) has been an educator with Mass Audubon since April 2022. During the school year, Laura teaches environmental programs to area school groups. Laura’s favorite camp activity is hiking with campers to the tidal flats and making observations along the way!