Wachusett Meadow Vacation & Summer Camps

Need something to do during school vacation? Kids ages 5–12 can come to Wachusett Meadow and explore what is happening at the sanctuary seasonally! Sign up for single-day sessions or join us for the whole week!

February and April School Vacation Week programs:

February Vacation
February 20-23, 2024
4-day session (Tuesday–Friday) • 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Come explore the sanctuary to find out what’s happening in winter! We’ll play games, hike, do craft activities, and learn more about plants, insects, and animals in winter.

April Vacation
April 15-19, 2024
5-day session (Monday–Friday) • 9:00 am-3:00 pm

How does spring change the fields and forests? Who is awake or back from the south? What is moving in the trees? Are there insects around yet? We’ll play games, hike, do craft activities, and spend a lot of time outdoors.

Summer Camps

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At Wachusett Meadow Nature Day Camp in Princeton, campers ages 3 1/2 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
Fee is based on sliding scale

After Camp • 3:30–5:00 pm
Fee is based on sliding scale

Half-Day Nature Camp

Preschool Naturalists • Ages 3.5-5

  • Tuesday-Thursday (9am – 1pm)
  • June 18-20, July 1-3, July 16-18, July 30- August 1, August 13-15
  • Cost: Sliding Scale 

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 plants, worms, and insects up close. Play in our backyard and make new friends!

Full-Day Nature Camp • Ages 5-12

Pathfinders | Ages 5–6
Explorers | Ages 5–7
Naturalists | Ages 7–9
Adventurers | Ages 9–12
Discoverers | Ages 9–12
Ecologists | Ages 12–17

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

Pathfinders – (ages 4.5-6) 
Weekly sessions June 17 – August 16
Cost: Sliding Scale

Discover the animals and plants that call Wachusett Meadow home. Make new friends while you walk along the sanctuary’s trails, make crafts, play nature-themed games, and listen to stories. 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 5–7)
Weekly sessions June 17–August 16
Cost: Sliding Scale

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 7–9)
Weekly sessions June 17–August 16
Cost: Sliding Scale

Discover new nature facts about the wildlife at Wachusett Meadow and in your neighborhood.. Climb a glacial boulder, meet a 250-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)
Weekly sessions June 17–August 16
Cost: Sliding Scale

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.

Specialty Camp • Ages 9–17

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:30 pm

Discoverers (ages 9–12)
July 15–19, August 5 – camper pickup on Thursday is at 9:30 pm.
Cost: Sliding Scale

Make new friends and expand your horizons. Discover the biodiversity at Wachusett Meadow as you learn about community science. Hike along the Brook Trail and parts of the Midstate Trail. Enjoy Wildlife Pond from a canoe. Stay after dark on Thursday evening for dinner around the campfire, nighttime games, stargazing, and other nocturnal fun.

Trailblazers
Ages 11–14
July 22–26
Cost: Sliding Scale

Experience all the fun of camp while hiking the longest trails on the sanctuary as well as some of our connecting conservation land. Campers can expect to be out all day with lunch and snacks on the trail. Average hiking distance each day will be 6-8 miles. Learn about the many organizations that protect the land around
us and how they work to keep open spaces throughout Central Massachusetts.

Ecologists (ages 12–17)
July 29- August 2 – camper pickup is 10pm on Thursday night.
Cost: Sliding Scale

Learn about the biodiversity of Princeton, and beyond! Explore Wachusett Meadow’s trails including our newest Fieldstone Farm Trail, canoe on Wildlife Pond, climb to the summit of Little Wachusett and Mount Wachusett, and hike the Midstate Trail through Four Corners. On Thursday stay beyond the regular day of camp, eat dinner by the campfire, gaze at the full moon, and enjoy a night activity with your new-found friends, and enjoy a night activity with your new-found friends.

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:30 pm
Environmental Leadership for Teens (ages 11-14) 
July 8-12
Cost: Sliding Scale

Jump-start your climate activism skills in this environmental leadership camp. Alongside your peers, you’ll learn how to identify areas that are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, locate resources to address those vulnerabilities, and become an advocate for climate justice. You’ll meet some leaders in the community from the Environmental Action Committee and the Princeton Land Trust to learn about their involvement in local advocacy and conservation. You will also participate in service projects around the sanctuary, and see what climate action looks like at Mass Audubon. At the end of the session, we’ll help you set goals to take on a climate action project in your community.

Counselors in Training (ages 14-17)
Mandatory training Monday, June 17 or Monday, July 24

Learn what it takes to be a camp counselor. Gain leadership skills, hands-on training, and develop a lesson plan, which you will present at camp. All CITs must register for a training day on either Monday, June 15, or Monday, July 24, and must also register for two additional weeks. A third week may be available at the Camp Directors discretion. All related CIT camp paperwork will be sent after registration.

Please note: Limited spaces are available. Registration fee covers training day plus a two-week commitment during the summer.

Family Camp-Out
Friday, July 12 at 5:00 pm–Saturday July 13 at 9:00 am
All ages welcome Cost: Members: $50 per family • Nonmember: $75 per family

Experience Wachusett Meadow after dark with other camp families. Bring your dinner or arrive well-fed. Pitch your tent and enjoy some simple camp games with new friends, snack on marshmallows around the campfire, and take a short hike around north meadow after dark. Coffee and donuts will be available on Saturday morning and you are welcome to stay and enjoy the trails during the day at your own pace.

To Register:

  • Register online or register by phone: 978-464-2712
  • See our Rates and Dates. Additional financial assistance is available based on demonstrated economic need and available funds. Please call the Camp Director.to request an application or download one. Camp Sliding Scale Pricing (massaudubon.org) to request an application or download one. Camp Sliding Scale Pricing (massaudubon.org)

 

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

 

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    2 Responses

    1. Kimberly Maschi

      Good afternoon,
      I am reaching out on behalf of my clients in Self-Sufficiency programs at Worcester Housing Authority. Do your Wachusett or Worcester Summer Camps offer availability to special needs children?
      Thank you for your time.

    2. Jenn Dziejma

      Hi Kim,

      I will ask our camp directors to follow up with you for more information.

      Warm regards,
      Jenn
      Marketing Coordinator, Mass Audubon Central Sanctuaries

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