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Whether dipping in the pond for dragonfly nymphs, sweeping in the meadow for grasshoppers, or hiking in the woods, Habitat campers are encouraged to explore, ask questions, and get closer to nature. Our small age-based groups allow campers to connect with each other and the world around them. Through handson, minds-on activities, we seek to create an atmosphere that stimulates each camper's individual sense of awareness and wonder, while belonging to a community.

Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary SUMMER 2013 Mass Audubon’s Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary 10 Juniper Rd., Belmont, MA 02478 617-489-5050,

Day Camp Program Campers may register for only ONE session. Camp meets Monday-Friday. Session 1: Session 2: Session 3: Session 4:

July 1-12 (no camp on July 4th) July 15-26 July 29-August 9 August 12-23



For campers age 4 by June 1st

For campers age 5 by June 1st

Spend the morning rambling through the woods. Use your senses to investigate the world around you. Get to know the plants and animals that can be found at Habitat as well as in your own backyard. Staff to Camper ratio: 1 staff to 3 campers.

Let’s discover Habitat. Choose a path to follow and uncover Habitat’s secret places. Take a hike to search for critters in the places where they live and grow. Learn what makes animals unique and what we have in common. Staff to Camper ratio: 1 staff to 5 campers.

Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Fee: Session 1: $325.00 Sessions 2-4: $360.00

Fee: Session 1: $620.00 Sessions 2-4: $690.00



For campers entering grades 1-4

For campers entering grades 5-7

Dive into Turtle Pond. Crawl under logs. Hide in the meadow. Climb through the forest canopy. Visit Habitat’s many different habitats to find out who lives there and how they survive. Following lunch and free time, choose from a variety of activities, such as nature crafts, cooking, outdoor skills, science projects, hikes and fun games. Finish the day with camp songs, silly stories and a visit from the Trash Basher. Staff to Camper ratio: 1 staff to 5-6 campers.

Want to deepen your understanding of how nature works? Through explorations of Habitat and nearby conservation areas, take a closer look at soil, water, plants, ecosystems, predator/prey relationships and climate change. Learn valuable skills, such as team building and orienteering. Take a field trip to Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary for a canoe ride. Complete the experience by sleeping under the stars. Staff to Camper ratio: 1 staff to 8 campers.

Time: 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Time: 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Fee: Session 1: $620.00 Sessions 2-4: $690.00


Session 1: $660.00 Sessions 2-4: $735.00

Field Trips: Field trips occur on the first Wednesday of each session. Overnights: Please note: Camp ends at 9:00 am on Friday morning after the overnight. Session 1: July 11 Session 2: July 25

Session 3: August 8 Session 4: August 22



For campers entering grades 7-9

For youth ages 14 or older

Expand your horizons and discover habitats beyond Habitat. Through day trips and camping, Trekkers investigate the wildlife of New England. Day trips occur on Tuesdays and the second Monday of each session and may include bird banding at Broadmoor, learning about Belmont’s coyote population, or visiting a wildlife rescue center. Camping trips occur each Wednesday through Friday (see below for destinations.) Staff to Camper ratio: 1 staff to 5 campers.

Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? Do you enjoy working with children? Then we have just the program for you--our Leaders-in-Training (LIT) volunteer program! LITs gain valuable work experience as well as community service hours. They assist experienced camp instructors in our Pathfinders program with leading nature activities and supervising campers. LITs also play games, read stories, participate in skits, prepare materials and fill in wherever necessary. Each LIT will have an opportunity to develop an activity to lead with campers.

Time: 9:00 am-3:30 pm Fee: $1030 per session Session 1: July 1-12 (Camp will occur on July 4th) Camping trips: Boston Harbor Islands and Western MA Session 2: July 15-26 Camping trips: Berkshires and Plymouth, VT Session 3: July 29-August 9 Camping trips: Topsfield, MA and Cape Cod

LITs must participate in training from June 24-28 to be eligible to volunteer and must be available for one full two-week session. Volunteers will receive additional information and forms upon registration. If you have questions, please contact the Camp Director. Times: Volunteer service: Training (6/24-28):

8:15 am-4:15 pm 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Fee: $350.00

Session 4: August 12-23 Camping trips: Newburyport, MA and Berkshires

After-camp Habitat’s After-camp is an extended day option for our camp families. After-camp is available each day from 3:15 until 5:30 pm and for both theme week and two-week sessions (no After-camp available for Ramblers). Campers will be given a snack each day and have the opportunity to choose activities such as hikes, free play, arts and crafts and nature games. Pre-registration is required. Time: 3:15 pm-5:30 pm Fees:


Theme Camps The following camps are theme camps. Because they cover different topics, campers who are enrolled in a two-week session may register for these camps.

Creature Features

Winged Wonders

For campers age 5 by June 1st.

For campers entering grades 1-4

From nose to toes, animals are adapted for survival. Learn how animals use camouflage, poison, talons and much more to keep from becoming someone else’s dinner!

Spend the week getting to know our ‘fine, feathered friends’—BIRDS! Determine how birds fly, build nests and find their food. Discover why they sing songs and migrate in the fall. Each day, we will learn about one specific species of bird and its unique characteristics. Staff/Camper ratio: 1 staff to 5-6 campers.

Dates: June 24-28, Monday-Friday Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm Fees: $360.00

Dates: June 24-28, Monday-Friday Time: 9:00 am-3:30 pm Fee:

What Parents say about Habitat Camp… “Our children have been coming to Habitat for 9 years now and have loved it every time.” “I love the mix of unstructured time in nature and academic learning related to nature.” “Habitat is the best place in the world!” “Loved it. Loved the counselors, the traditions, they learned loads. “ “It changed her view of herself and the natural world.”


Registration Information We will begin online registration on January 14, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Program Information


Habitat’s camp programs are staffed by experienced education professionals and directed by Habitat Teacher/ Naturalist and Camp Director, Jane Higgins. Habitat camp programs comply with the Regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, are licensed by the Belmont Board of Health and are accredited by the American Camp Association. Parents may receive copies of camp policies on staff hiring, background checks, health care, behavior management/discipline and grievance procedures upon request.

Enrollment confirmation will be emailed as soon as your registration is processed and in our system. Specific program information and camp forms will be sent to you in mid-March.

Payment and Camper Forms

All forms and the balance of fees are due on or before MAY 1st, unless arrangements have been made with the Camp Director. For registrations received after May 1st, payment in full is required and completed forms must be returned within two weeks of the date of registration. If Due to the outdoor and exploratory nature of our camp your family has a special financial circumstance, please program, campers must be able to move about on uneven contact the Camp Director to discuss options. We will terrain. Campers are expected to meaningfully participate happily set-up payment plans, but the balance must be in age appropriate activities and must follow stated paid in full by the first day of your child’s session. If behavior expectations and safety rules. If you have any payment deadlines are missed, your slot is no longer questions regarding your child’s ability to participate fully guaranteed. A $25 Late Fee will be automatically added in our camp program, please contact the Camp Director. for any late or incomplete forms and/or payments. No camper is allowed to attend camp unless all forms, waivers Registration Procedures and payments are complete. We will begin online registration on Monday, January 14th at 10:00 a.m. To register, go to Refunds/Cancellations You will need All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. All your login information and member number. If you need cancellations must be made in writing. Cancellations your member number, please call the sanctuary. before May 1st will receive a refund of the balance minus Registration requires a deposit of $50 for one week the deposit. No refunds will be made after May 1st. No programs and LITs, $100 for two week programs. All refunds or transfer of funds will be given for withdrawal, deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. dismissal, absence or sick days. If the session you choose is full, you will need to call the sanctuary to get on a waitlist. Waitlist registrations will be Financial Assistance processed in the order they are received and you will Each year, Habitat provides financial assistance to campers receive an email confirming your placement on a waitlist. based on economic need and available funds. Financial assistance is limited to one session per child. If you would Membership like to receive an application, please check the appropriate box on the registration form. To attend Habitat camp, we require that all campers be members of Mass Audubon at the family level. If you are Carpool Lists not already a member, you must add a membership to your cart before checking out. As an environmental organization and a good neighbor, we encourage families to carpool. Carpool lists will be T-shirts distributed in early June. If you would like to be on the As part of the camp fee, campers will receive Habitat camp carpool list, please check the appropriate box on the registration form. T-shirts. Please be sure to order the correct size now; when in doubt, order a larger size.

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