Wachusett Meadow Summer Camp

At Wachusett Meadow Nature Day Camp in Princeton, campers ages 3.5 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:

  • Half-Day: 9:00 am–1:00 pm (Preschool Naturalists)
  • Full-Day: 9:00 am–3:30 pm

Before/After Care:

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

Before Camp (Half-Day Campers) • 8:00–9:00 am
Pre-registration required
$15 members; $20 nonmembers per week/camper

After Camp • 3:30–5:00 pm
For full-day campers only
$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
Half-Day Nature Camp • Ages 3.5–5

2020 Sessions:

  • Tuesday–Thursday, 9:00 am–1:00 pm
  • June 16–18, June 23–25, June 30–July 2, July 7–9, July 28–30, August 4-6
  • $130 members; $195 nonmembers per three-day session

Preschool Naturalists (ages 3.5–5)
Entering Pre-K–K
Explore Wachusett Meadow’s ponds, fields, and forests. Have fun outdoors as you play games, make crafts, go on hikes, and spot wildlife. Use real scientific tools, like magnifying glasses and ponding equipment to study bugs, worms, and insects up close. Play in our backyard and make new friends!

Full-Day Nature Camp • Ages 5–12

2020 Sessions:

  • Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:30 pm
  • June 22–26 June 29–July 3, July 6–10, July 13–17, July 20–24, July 27–31, August 3–7, August 10–14
  • $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 Overnight Option • 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. Enjoy dinner together and camp out at the sanctuary Thursday night. Evening activities may include canoeing at dusk, a night hike, stargazing or roasting marshmallows around the campfire.

Ecologists (ages 12–17)
July 27-31 • Entering Grades 7–12
$320 members; $385 nonmembers
Learn about the biodiversity of Princeton, and beyond! Explore Wachusett Meadow’s trails and canoe on Wildlife Pond. Hike to the summits of Mount Wachusett and Mount Watatic for spectacular views. Travel in a Mass Audubon van to the ocean to get up close with saltwater habitats and marine life, and wrap up the week with an overnight at Wachusett Meadow, where you’ll enjoy dinner with your newfound friends and marshmallows around the campfire. *Camper pick-up is at 3:30pm on Friday.

Specialty Sessions • Ages 7–17

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:30 pm

Outdoor Leaders (ages 11–14)
June 29–July 3
$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 9-12 & 7-10)
July 6–10, 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. Friends and family are welcome to enjoy an art show each Friday of the session at 3pm.

Creative Nature Photography (ages 10–17)
July 20–24, August 10–14
$280 members; $345 nonmembers

Are you passionate about photography? Learn how to go beyond taking pictures to creating artistic images. Hike and explore Wachusett Meadow for inspiration, and create a photo album to take home. Curriculum is designed to focus on the individual while still being part of a camp experience. Parents are invited to attend a slide show presentation of camper images on the last day of camp. Repeat campers are encouraged to attend to improve their photography skills!

Counselors-in-Training • Ages 14–17

2020 Training: June 13, 1:00–4:00 pm

Are you interested in working with younger campers? Do you want to gain leadership skills? This program is for you! CITs learn how to plan and present a lesson during each week of camp and lead camper games during lunch recess. Limited spaces are available, and a two-week commitment is required. To request an application, contact the Camp Director by email or by calling 978-464-2712.

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

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