Academic Programs

Mass Audubon BNC Camps

Every summer, owls, hawks, falcons, and ravens roam our 117 acres discovering hidden wooded paths and sifting through vernal pools. Of course, owls, hawks, falcons, and ravens are the names of camper groups at Mass Audubon’s BNC summer camp… but the real birds are often around too!

Mass Audubon campers delight in the wonders of nature through trail explorations, outdoor play, and scientific investigation. They enjoy access to Roxbury Latin’s mature forest, wetlands, newly constructed outdoor classroom, athletic fields, gym, and lab spaces. Older campers learn about environmental issues, like renewable energy and climate change, and follow their own interests through inquiry-based activities, while younger campers use their five senses to explore the natural world and participate in art projects and learning games. The caring Mass Audubon staff create a safe and inclusive environment for campers, offer individualized attention in small groups, and keep everyone away from poison ivy!

Join Mass Audubon this summer to pick blueberries, create leaf prints, identify wildlife, investigate renewable resources, and so much more. There is so much to discover—step outside with us!

The Logistics: Lunch is not provided for this program; campers should bring their own bagged lunch. Mass Audubon offers extended day in the morning only for an additional cost beginning at 7:30 a.m. Campers can choose from a variety of activities during morning extended day, including active or restful games, crafts, and reading. Please see the Mass Audubon website (link below) for more information and to register.

Sample Schedule: While every day at camp will be different, check out this sample schedule for an overview of daily activities.

8:30-9:30 a.m. Camper Drop-Off and Choice Time, which can include reading, art projects, or outdoor games like soccer.
9:30-10 a.m. Morning Circle with all ages
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nature Exploration, which varies based on the week’s theme and the group’s age.
12:30-1 p.m. Lunch
1-2 p.m. Lawn and Nature Nook. At this time, the whole camp gathers to play outdoor games or explore the Nature Nook
2-4:20 p.m. Activities, Crafts, and Games. This is also the time when, each Wednesday, the camp takes part in a special activity like Earth Carnival, Camp Clue, or the Talent Show.
4:20-4:30 p.m. Afternoon Blob—a time for sharing nature sightings and singing songs.
4:30-5:30 p.m. Pick-Up and Choice Time



(Photographs courtesy of Boston Nature Center Summer Camp at Roxbury Latin.)