Nature Day Camp

Nature Day Camp

Hundreds of children explore the wonders of the natural world at NH Audubon’s summer and vacation camps.

We are very pleased to announce that NH Audubon’s 2022 Summer Camp will both take place in person!

See registration links below.

For questions about camp at McLane Center in Concord, please contact Shelby Morelli by email or call 603-224-9909 x333.

For questions about camp at Massabesic Center in Auburn, please contact Slater Roosa by email or call 603-668-2045.

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.

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, and generous donations from local organizations. Funding is available on a first come, first served and need-driven basis, with household income as a calculated factor. Please contact the camp office for an application.

Camp Discounts: NH Audubon Family Memberships include a 10% discount on camp rates for Explorers & Wonders aged campers. Become a member at the time of registration to help support NH Audubon’s mission and receive your savings.

COVID policy (subject to change): masks are recommended but not required inside the buildings. Masks are not required outdoors.

Before and After Care: Before Care will begin at 8:00am and After Care will go until 5:00pm.

Summer Camp

Date

June 20-August 12

Ages

For campers ages 4-15.

Type

This summer we return to our regular nature day camp, in-person at McLane Center in Concord and Massabesic Center in Auburn.

Fees

Wonders/LIT: $160 Member/$185 Non-Member
Discovery/Explorers: $255 Member/$290 Non-Member

Camp Programs

Wonders Camp (Ages 4–5)

9am–noon (estimated)
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 (estimated)
Discovery Campers spend their days exploring the areas surrounding their homes to experience nature and make new discoveries. Activities include short hikes, pond explorations, craft making, storytelling, interactive nature-based games, and live animal presentations.

Explorers Camp (Ages 10–12)

9am–4pm (estimated)
Explorer campers will spend their days learning about the wildlife and landscapes within the diverse habitats around the Center, explore how we take care of our ambassador animals, and work together on projects focused on conservation and stewardship.

Leaders-in-Training (Ages 13–15)

9am–4pm (estimated)
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 application)

2022 Session Themes & Dates

Session 1: June 20-24

Theme: Be a Scientist

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a scientist? This week will include fun science experiments that you can do at home! Plus, learn how to identify different plants and animals, collect data, and record your observations in a nature journal. 

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Session 2: June 27-July 1

Theme: Survival

How does NH wildlife survive? Learn about animal competition for food and shelter, and play games to mimic adaptations. Build shelters, have a group campfire, and go on a hike to learn survival plant ID. 

 

Session 3: July 5-8

Theme: Let’s Go Green

Most of us know about reduce, reuse, recycle. But what else can we do to help take care of our planet?  Learn about eco-friendly practices that can be used at home or in the forest to help us lessen our negative impact on the planet while discovering ways increase our positive. 

Session 4: July 11-15

Theme: Winged Wonders

What’s all this buzzing around? It’s that time of the summer when flying creatures are everywhere.  Time to break out the bug nets and binoculars and start exploring our wildlife sanctuaries in search the insects and birds that zip around the sky. We might see evidence of flying mammals as well. Spend time with our live birds while you learn about this and more.

Session 5: July 18-22

Theme: Water Wizards

Who needs water to survive? Follow a drop of water as it falls from the sky and makes its journey through the water shed. We explore the habitat surrounding Great Turkey Pond and Lake Massabesic in search of plants and animals. Of course, we will find plenty of opportunity to experience the cooling effects of water with various water games.

Session 6: July 25-29

Theme: Survival

How does NH wildlife survive? Learn about animal competition for food and shelter, and play games to mimic adaptations. Build shelters, have a group campfire, and go on a hike to learn survival plant ID.

Session 7: August 1-5

Theme: Up, Down, and All Around

Everywhere you look, someone is home. Meet birds who love the sky and millipedes who love the dirt. Create a habitat for one of New Hampshire’s animals, survey the field for eggs and insects, and trek through the forest in search of food, water, and shelter during Predator Prey.

Session 8: August 8-12

Theme: Slime, Scales, & Skin, Oh My!

What makes a reptile, a reptile? Why are amphibians unique? Come explore and find out all about our slimy, scaly friends! Meet some of our ambassador animals to learn their special adaptations.

April Vacation Camp

Date

April 25-29

Ages

For campers ages 6-12.

Type

This spring we return to in person April Vacation Camp at the McLane Center in Concord. All-day

Fees

Member: $49/Day
Non-Member: $59/Day

Sessions

9am –  4pm (Camper drop off begins at 8:30am)

Spring vacation camp is the perfect way to prepare for a season of outdoor exploration and discovery. Each day is designed to build the skills of building naturalists through hands-on activities, storytelling, crafts, games, outdoor exploration, and live animal observation. Register for the individual days or participate in the entire week. Children should bring lunch and snacks and be prepared to spend much of each day outside.

Use this button to jump over to our online registration system.

Meet Our Educators:

Camp is in Session – Sign up!

Nature Day Camp is overflowing with summer fun and we’ve only just begun. Camp is in full swing at both McLane Center in Concord (meet the camp staff, pictured here)

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Our Peeps: Shelby Morelli

Have you met Our Peep, Shelby Morelli yet? Shelby is a New Englander who loves spending time outdoors with her family. She grew up in Maine where her love of

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Our Peeps: Willa Coroka

Have you met Our Peep, Willa yet?! Willa Coroka (C as in “cinnamon”) is a wild child, her heart at its fullest while flitting through the New England forests amidst

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Our Peeps: Slater Roosa

We are pleased to introduce Slater Roosa, Massabesic Center’s new Education Coordinator. A born and bred New Englander, Slater received a B.S. in Biology from Salve Regina University, where he

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Photo, top: dip netting at Turkey Pond by Shelby Morelli, kids exploring the pond at Massabesic Center (staff photo), camp friends by Hilary Chapman.

Explore 39 wildlife sanctuaries throughout all 10 counties of New Hampshire.

Committed to the conservation of ecologically important lands.

We regularly observe and count 14 species at NH Audubon’s Raptor Observatories.

NH Audubon Protects

The New Hampshire Audubon offers multiple opportunities for those interested in joining us as a member or donating for one of our various causes.

About Us

Founded in 1914, NH Audubon’s mission is to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. It is an independent statewide membership organization with four nature centers throughout the state. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults at centers and in schools. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. NH Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on NH Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit www.nhaudubon.org.