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.

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 members ($55 annually) 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. 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.

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 14 for members and March 21 for nonmembers.

REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE: Pay online here and download the 2016 Nature Day Camp Online Information Packet.

REGISTER AND PAY BY MAIL: Download the Camp Registration Form to pay via USPS then download the 2016 Nature Day Camp Information by Mail Packet.

Download the Leaders-in-Training Application for the summer 2016 sessions.

Need Extended Care? Register for a full session online or download the printable Extended Care Registration form here

Financial aid is available. Additional information can be found on the attached forms.

Become a member at the $55 Family level during registration to receive the discounted price!

Camp Fees

ProgramSessionMemberNon-memberPrice for Session 2
(4 days)
Wonders3-6$125$145N/A
Discovery1-8$210$245N/NM
$168/$196
Explorers
(covers all travel/admission fees)
1-8$275$320N/NM
$220/$256
Leaders-in-training1-8$125$145N/NM
$100/$116

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)

*Program is full for the summer at the Massabesic Center – please call for more information on availability or to be put on a waiting list.

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)

*Program is full for the summer at the Massabesic Center – please call for more information on availability or to be put on a waiting list.

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 2016.

Session Themes & Dates

Session 1: June 27–July 1

Winged Adventures
Unlock the mysteries of flight by studying the birds, bats, insects and other flying creatures around us. Experiment by designing and building your own flying craft and seeing how far it can go. This session includes up-close encounters with flying creatures that call our nature centers home.

Session 2: July 5–July 8 (4 days) Special Pricing

Survival Strategies
Explore our sanctuaries through the eyes of a coyote or black bear. How do these animals survive in the forest? What might we learn from them to help us survive? Our most popular session is back and complete with fire building and safety, edible plant walks, and developing the skills to avoid getting lost in the woods. This session fill early. Register soon to reserve your space.

Session 3: July 11–15

Hide and Seek
Our fields and forest are full of wildlife that we never see. Learn about the strategies they use to stay hidden and the evidence they leave to let us know they are around. We’ll explore how to track animals and look for clues that they have been nearby. Imagine a game of hide and seek or camouflage in the woods as you pretend to be either predator or prey. How well can you stay hidden?

Session 4: July 18–22

Forest Adventures
Each day we will take a new adventure and practice seeing nature through the eyes of a scientist. How many plants and animals can we discover while we develop our skills as an ornithologist, botanist and mammalogist? Our fields and forest are waiting. Let the adventures begin!

Session 5: July 25–29

Dirty Worm
Discover the importance of soil, fungus, and the critters that help our forest decompose. Learn about insects, compost, and scavengers! Campers should come prepared to get dirty during this week filled with activities aimed at getting us up close and personal with the messy side of the natural world.

Session 6: August 1–5

Wet and Wild
Are you ready to get wet and wild during the hottest days of the summer? Come prepared to get up close and personal with H2O! Discover how important this resource is for all living creatures and how it can relieve you from the heat on a hot summer’s day. Activities will have you exploring our wetlands for aquatic creatures and playing watery games. Bring extra clothes!

Session 7: Aug 8–12

Survival Strategies
Explore our sanctuaries through the eyes of a coyote or black bear. How do these animals survive in the forest? What might we learn from them to help us survive? Our most popular session is back and complete with fire building and safety, edible plant walks, and developing the skills to avoid getting lost in the woods. This session fill early. Register soon to reserve your space.

Session 8: Aug 15–19

Scales to Skins
Explore the natural world through the eyes of a herpetologist. This session is all about the reptiles and amphibians that call New Hampshire home. We will spend lots of time getting to know the ones that live in our centers. Then we will head out on adventures to discover how many we can locate in the forests, fields, and wetlands that surround us.

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. Camperships are available!

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 (posting soon) 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

April Vacation Camp

April Camp at MACApril 25th to 29th, 2016

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.