Wachusett Meadow Summer Camp

At Wachusett Meadow Nature Day Camp in Princeton, campers ages 5 to 17 make new friends and discover the wonders of the outdoors. Campers hike the trails and learn about the natural history of Massachusetts, play games, sing camp songs and have a lot of fun along the way!

Camp Hours: 9:00 am–3:30 pm

Before/After Care:

Before Camp • 8:00–9:00 am
Pre-registration required
$5 members; $8 nonmembers per day/camper
$25 members; $35 nonmembers per week/camper

After Camp • 3:30–5:00 pm
$50 members; $65 nonmembers per week/camper
$12 members; $18 nonmembers per day/camper

To Register:

  • Register online
  • Register by phone: 978-464-2712
  • Register in person: Bring a completed registration form with payment to the sanctuary (get directions)
  • Financial assistance is available based on demonstrated economic need and available funds. Please call the Camp Director to request an application or download one at massudubon.org/campforms.

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary
113 Goodnow Road, Princeton MA 978-464-2712

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary Summer Camp
Full-Day Nature Camp • Ages 5-12

2020 Sessions:

  • Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:30 pm
  • July 6–10, July 13–17, July 20–24, July 27–31, August 3–7, August 10–14 , August 17-21, August 24-28 **New Dates**
  • $255 members; $320 nonmembers per week

Each week will have a different theme, so campers can enjoy multiple weeks of camp!

Pathfinders (ages 5–6)
Entering Grades K–1
Discover the animals and plants that call Wachusett Meadow home. Make new friends and explore new places. Find out who lives in our ponds, fields, and forests. Walk along the sanctuary’s trails, make crafts, play nature-themed games, and listen to stories.

Explorers (ages 6–7)
Entering Grades 1–2
Explore Wachusett Meadow’s many habitats and wildlife as you look under logs, go ponding in the wetlands, build shelters in the woods, and play nature-themed games like “Camouflage” and “Hawk and Mouse.” Make new friends, do creative crafts, sing camp songs, and go on picnics.

Naturalists (ages 8–9)
Entering Grades 3–4
Discover new nature facts about the wildlife at Wachusett Meadow and in your back yard. Climb a glacial boulder, meet a 200-year-old tree, and canoe our Wildlife Pond. Learn about the sanctuary’s field, woodland, and wetland habitats and the wildlife that call them home. Hike the Brook Trail and eat lunch by the stream.

Adventurers (ages 9–12)
Entering Grades 4–6
Explore the longest trails and farthest reaches of Wachusett Meadow. Hike the Brook Trail, canoe our Wildlife Pond, and summit Brown Hill for an awesome view. Investigate what’s living in the sanctuary’s fields, forests, ponds, and streams. Learn about the impacts of climate change and actions you can take to make a positive impact on the planet. (No session the week of July 13-17; see Discoverers below.)

Full-Day Nature Camp (with extended Thursday hours) • Ages 9–17

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:30 pm

Discoverers (ages 9–12)
July 13-17 • Entering Grades 4–6
$300 members; $365 nonmembers

Make new friends and expand your horizons. Discover the biodiversity at Wachusett Meadow as you learn about citizen science. Hike the Brook Trail and summit Mount Wachusett for an amazing view. On Thursday, enjoy dinner and evening activities together like canoeing at dusk, a night hike, stargazing or roasting marshmallows around the campfire.

Ecologists (ages 12–17)
July 27-31 • Entering Grades 7–12
$300 members; $365 nonmembers        

Learn about the biodiversity of Princeton, and beyond! Explore Wachusett Meadow’s trails and canoe on Wildlife Pond. Hike to the trails of Wachusett Mountain, the Mid State trail and other trails connected to our sanctuary. Wrap up the week with a late evening at Wachusett Meadow on Thursday, where you’ll enjoy dinner with your newfound friends, a firefly watch program and marshmallows around the campfire.

Specialty Sessions • Ages 7–17

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:30 pm

Outdoor Leaders (ages 11–14)
August 17-21
$280 members; $345 nonmembers

Are you a natural-born leader? Do you think about camp activities all year long? Do you want to challenge yourself and improve your skills? Come enhance your natural history knowledge and discover more about our trail system. Develop a community service project and learn how to lead kid-friendly nature activities that will prepare you to become a Counselor-in-Training (CIT). Stay at camp until 8pm for pizza and a campfire with current and past counselors on Thursday night.

Nature & Art (ages 7-12)
July 13–17
$280 members; $345 nonmembers

Explore nature, create art, and make friends! Hike Wachusett Meadow’s trails to gather inspiration for our many art projects during this fun-filled week. Try printmaking, painting, working with clay, and dabbling in multimedia. No experience necessary; just bring your imagination.

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary
113 Goodnow Road, Princeton MA 978-464-2712


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