Nature Day Camp

Programs-HomeschoolHundreds of children EXPLORE the wonders of the natural world at NH Audubon’s summer and vacation camps

What will YOUR child discover?

NH Audubon offers school vacation and summer camp programs at the Massabesic Center in Auburn and the McLane Center in Concord.

Register for April Vacation Camp.

Summer camp registration opens March 16 for members and March 23 for nonmembers.

Download the Leaders-in-Training Application for the summer 2015 sessions.

A typical camp day might include meeting our resident live animals and heading out into the woods to discover them in the wild, playing games designed to enhance knowledge of the natural world and build a sense of team, creating crafts using natural materials, venturing out on short hikes to Lake Massabesic or Turkey Pond, and much more!

NH Audubon Nature Camp

  • Enhance ecological awareness
  • Cultivate appreciation for and stewardship of our natural environment
  • Provide fun, safe, hands-on learning opportunities
  • Advocate inclusive learning environments
  • Build a sense of community and
  • Foster a collaborative, non-competitive atmosphere.

More Info:

Financial Assistance is Available! NH Audubon is pleased to offer financial assistance to families who may be in need thanks to the contributions of members and past camp families. Funding is available on a first come, first served and need-driven basis. Please call for an application or download one here.

Camp Discounts: NH Audubon family memberships ($55 annually) include a discount on camps. Become a member at the time of registration to help support NH Audubon’s mission and receive your savings.

Extended Care: Supervised play time is available before (7:45am-on) and after (up to 5:30pm) regular camp hours at an additional cost. Pre-register for a full session or use extended care on a “pay-as-you-go” basis at a rate of $5/hour of care. We will ask about your extended care preferences in our camper info & medical forms packet. Afternoon extended care not available for half-day sessions.

Cancellation Policy: A $25 administration fee will be charged for all cancellations. If cancellation is made more than 30 days prior to the session, a full refund (minus $25 fee) will be given. If less than 30 days, a refund will be given only if the slot can be filled.

April Vacation Camp

April Camp at MACApril 27th to May 1st, 2015

Nature day camps in Concord & Auburn for ages 6-10

What will your child discover?

Register and pay online or download the PDF forms to register and pay via USPS.

Camp Activities

  • Crafts
  • Birding
  • Vernal pool exploration
  • Live animal presentations
  • Hiking/Exploration
  • Games

April Vacation Camp Fee: $42 Members/$52 Non-members per child per day.

Camper drop-off begins at 8:30 am; after-hours care is available from 4 – 5:30 pm for an additional charge of $8 Members/$10 Non-members per child per day.

Summer Camp

girl-pondingSummer Camp is a long standing tradition at NH Audubon and is held at both the McLane Center in Concord and Massabesic Center in Auburn. Camp programs are available to children ranging in age from 4-12 years old. Older participants (ages 13-15)  have the opportunity to participate through our Leaders in Training program.

Registration opens March 16 for members and March 23 for nonmembers.

Register and pay online or download the Registration Form and the Camp Information and Forms Packet to register and pay via USPS.

Camp Fees

ProgramSessionMemberNon-member
Wonders3-6$120$140
Discovery1-8$205$240
Explorers
(covers all travel/admission fees)
1-8$270$315
Leaders-in-training1-8$120$140

Register for the Summer 2015 programs today!

Camp Programs

Wonders Camp (Ages 4–5)

9am–noon
Available Sessions 3, 4, 5 and 6 only.
This half-day session gives your child the opportunity to begin experiencing the wonders of camp. Our instructors develop age appropriate activities that connect your little one to the natural world.

Discovery Camp (Ages 6–9)

9am–4pm
Discovery Campers spend their days exploring the fields, forest, and wetlands that surround each camp location. Activities include short hikes, pond explorations, craft making, storytelling, interactive nature-based games, and live animal presentations.

Explorers Camp (Ages 10–12)

9am–4pm
Explorers experience the beauty of New Hampshire’s outdoors by taking field trips around the state each day. Campers will explore wildlife and unique landscapes through hiking, swimming, and projects focused on conservation and stewardship.

Leaders-in-Training Program (Ages 13–15)

Participants work alongside camp counselors to hone their skills as leaders. Learn how to plan the day’s activities and maintain the safety of your group. This is the perfect opportunity for those wishing to become future camp counselors. Participants must complete an application process and have finished grade 7. Download the Leaders-in-Training Application 2015.

Session Themes & Dates

Session 1: June 22–26

Festival of Flight: Celebrate the magic of flying things!
We’ll learn about birds, bees, and butterflies, and anything else with wings.  Explore the physics of flying, learn the important roles these animals play, and search for them living in and around our centers and grounds.

Session 2: June 29–July 3

Nature Lovers: How can we help our planet?
What does it mean to recycle, or compost, or go organic? Learn about the plants and animals in New Hampshire that need our help, and spend time outside appreciating the nature around us. Go home with tips and tricks for what we can do to protect our environment.

Session 3: July 6–10

Survival Strategies: What would you do if you were stuck in the woods?  
We’ll learn the art of shelter building, talk about fire safety and have a bonfire, and learn about safe edible plants in our backyards. We’ll learn how to use a map and compass, and discover ways New Hampshire’s animals survive in the wild.

Session 4: July 13–17

Slime and Scales: For the herpetologists among us.
A session all about reptiles and amphibians! Learn about the fascinating world of slimy and scaly frogs, turtles, and snakes that can be found in our woods, fields, and waters.  We’ll meet our centers’ live animals and go on a hunt to find some outside.

Session 5: July 20–24

Mammal Mania: What types of mammals live near you?
From moose to mice, we’ll focus on the warm and furry residents of our area. We’ll learn to look for mammal tracks and signs, how to recognize their shelters and dens, and find out just how awesome mammals are!

Session 6: July 27–31

Nature Lovers: How can we help our planet?
What does it mean to recycle, or compost, or go organic? Learn about the plants and animals in New Hampshire that need our help, and spend time outside appreciating the nature around us. Go home with tips and tricks for what we can do to protect our environment.

Session 7: Aug 3–7

Wet and Wild: So many living things make their homes underwater!
We’ll probe our ponds, meet some aquatic critters, and learn about our local watershed. We’ll play watery games and do a bunch of wet and wild experiments.

Session 8: Aug 10–14

Survival Strategies: What would you do if you were stuck in the woods?
We’ll learn the art of shelter building, talk about fire safety and have a bonfire, and learn about safe edible plants in our backyards. We’ll learn how to use a map and compass, and discover ways New Hampshire’s animals survive in the wild.

February Fun Vacation Camp

  • Feb Vacation Campers on SnowshoesFebruary 23-27, 2015
  • For Children Ages 6-12
  • All-day sessions: 9am–4pm
  • Massabesic or McLane Center

February Fun Vacation Camp is a special opportunity for children to learn about nature in winter. Join us for a single day, several days, or the whole week. Each day will include outdoor excursions, games, crafts, stories, live animals, songs, and conservation projects to help participants discover the wonders of the season.Children should bring their own lunches and snacks and be prepared to be outside with appropriate clothing.

Space still available in NH Audubon’s February Fun Vacation Camp at both the Massebesic Center and McLane Center.

  • Thursday: 6 spots available at McLane
  • Friday: 7 spots available at both locations

Camp Fee: $42 M/$52 NM per child per day

Camper drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m. After-hours care is available from 4-5:30 p.m. for an additional charge of $8 M/ $10 NM per child per day.

Buy camp days online. We will ask for information about the children you are registering at the Checkout page.

For those that don’t want to purchase online please download, complete and send us the registration form and send it in with your payment.

Please be sure your child has

  • Food-lunch and multiple snacks
  • Outdoor clothing
  • Extra clothing (hats, gloves, socks, pants and shirts)
  • Boots for outdoors and shoes for indoors
  • Water bottle