Nature Day Camp

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Hundreds 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.

(See camp details using tabs at the top of the page, just above the photo.)

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:

Camp Discounts: NH Audubon family members receive a 15% discount on camps. Become a member at the time of registration to help support NH Audubon’s mission and receive your savings. Members receive an additional 5% off when registering additional siblings (for summer camp).

Extended Care: After hours care is available for all camps. Early care is available only in summer. See the specific camp page for times and prices.

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.

February Fun Vacation Camp

  • Feb Vacation Campers on SnowshoesFebruary 27-March 3, 2017
  • 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.

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.

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

To Register (links, forms and downloads):

To register and purchase camp days online, there are two steps. Use the link to go to the online portal, and download the Camper Information Packet:

For those that don’t want to purchase online please download and complete the following registration form and “Camper Information Packet for Offline Registration,” and send it in with your payment:

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:

Camp Discounts:

NH Audubon family members receive a 15% discount on camps. Become a member at the time of registration to help support NH Audubon’s mission and receive your savings.

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 24-28, 2017
  • For Children Ages 6-12
  • All-day sessions: 9am–4pm
  • Massabesic or McLane Center

April Vacation Camp explores nature in spring. Join us for a single day, several days, or the whole week. Each day will include outdoor excursions and hiking, 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.

April Vacation Camp Fee: $43 Members/$53 Non-members 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.

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

To Register (links, forms and downloads):

To register and purchase camp days online, there are two steps. Use the link to go to the online portal, and download the Camper Information Packet:

For those that don’t want to purchase online please download and complete the following registration form and “Camper Information Packet for Offline Registration,” and send it in with your payment:

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:

Camp Discounts:

NH Audubon family members receive a 15% discount on camps. Become a member at the time of registration to help support NH Audubon’s mission and receive your savings.

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.

Summer Camp

  • girl-pondingJune 26-August 18, 2017
  • For Children Ages 4-12
  • For Leaders in Training Ages 13-15
  • All-day sessions: 9am–4pm
  • Massabesic or McLane Center

Summer 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. Children should bring their own lunches and snacks and be prepared to be outside with appropriate clothing.

Download the 2017 Summer Camp Brochure.

Camp Fees

ProgramSessionMemberNon-member
Wonders3-6$130$150
Discovery1-8$215$250
Explorers
(covers all travel/admission fees)
1-8$280$325
Leaders-in-training1-8$130$150

 

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 2017.

 

Session Themes & Dates

Session 1: June 26–30
Mammal Mayhem
Do you love mammals? Spend the week learning about NH’s 60+ species of loveable, fur-covered creatures. Visit our forests and fields and find out where NH’s mammals make their homes, get their food, and play some mammal-tastic games!

Session 2: July 3–7
Survival Skills
How do animals stay away from predators? How do reptiles deal with the cold of winter? Learn fascinating facts about the ways that animals have learned to survive. Head outside to make your own shelters. Learn how to build a fire safely and how to keep from getting lost in the woods. Play animal adaptation games to learn how NH’s animals survive on a day to day basis!

Session 3: July 10–14
Aquatic Adventures
Do you ever wish that you were a fish? Join us as we explore our lakes and ponds for signs of aquatic animals. Find out what they can tell us about the health of our water, and play some wet and wild games!

Session 4: July 17–21
Take to the Skies
Who doesn’t want to fly? Head outside to learn identification and songs of some of our common bird species. Search the fields to witness the fascinating behavior of dragonflies. Do experiments on clouds and weather. Make some flying animal crafts and send them sky-high!

Session 5: July 24–28
The World in the Woods
Did you know that trees communicate using fungi that attach to their roots? Explore the fascinating world of the forest floor. Hunt for salamanders, search for squirrels, and be surprised at the amount of things that you can find living under the dirt that keep our forests happy and healthy!

Session 6: July 31–August 4
Crazy for Critters
If you love frogs, turtles, and snakes, this week is for you. Why are reptiles scaly, and amphibians slimy? Look at our centers’ live animals, then go outside to search for their wild counterparts. Learn what makes reptiles and amphibians so well-adapted to survive in our area, and so uniquely interesting!

Session 7: August 7–11
Aquatic Adventures
Do you ever wish that you were a fish? Join us as we explore our lakes and ponds for signs of aquatic animals. Find out what they can tell us about the health of our water, and play some wet and wild games! This is a repeat of a very popular topic.

Session 8: August 14–18
Survival Skills
How do animals stay away from predators? How do reptiles deal with the cold of winter? Learn fascinating facts about the ways that animals have learned to survive. Head outside to make your own shelters. Learn how to build a fire safely, which plants are safe to eat, and how to keep from getting lost in the woods. Play animal adaptation games to learn how NH’s animals survive on a day to day basis! This is a repeat of our most popular topic-sign up early to ensure a spot!

 

To Register (links, forms and downloads):

To register and purchase camp days online, there are two steps. Use the link to go to the online portal, and download the Camper Information Packet:

For those that don’t want to purchase online please download and complete the following registration form and “Camper Information Packet for Offline Registration,” and send it in with your payment:

Leaders in Training Program:

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:

Camp Discounts:

NH Audubon family members receive a 15% discount on camps. Become a member at the time of registration to help support NH Audubon’s mission and receive your savings. Members receive an additional 5% off when registering additional siblings.

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.

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.