Best Summer Day Camps in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for Kids Who Love Animals and Nature

Children like to get dirty, play and explore their world. Although Massachusetts and Rhode Island have a wide array of summer camp options, it is rare that children are able to openly explore nature and interact with animals. If your child is a nature and animal lover, these camps will be the perfect fit!

Below is a list (in no particular order) of Summer Day Camps for children who love nature and animals:

1. Drumlin Farm Day Camp.
Location: 208 South Great Road. Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Ages: age 4 through 10th grade.
Hours: Half days are 8:30-11:30, and Full Days are 8:30-3:00
Price: Prices vary, depending on age, program and length of session.

This camp is educational and fun with a focus on learning about various natural habitats, including fields, forests, ponds and wetlands. There are a wide array of activities and chores at the camp, which allow children to get their hands dirty and learn by doing. Some of the activities include, ponding, bug catching, hiking, bird watching, log rolling, exploring and playing in the Wacky Farm Olympics. The chores also seem fun, and include, milking cows, feeding animals, mucking stalls and weeding.

2. Assabet River Mini Camps.
Location: 680 Hudson Road. Sudbury, Massachusetts.
Ages: age 4 through 6th grade.
Hours: 8:30- 3:00, with full day and half day options.
Price: Prices vary, depending on age, program and length of session.

This camp is sponsored by Drumlin Farm and reflects the curriculum directly. During this camp, children will be able to explore the wetlands and all that comes with it: fish, turtles, frogs and more! Canoeing, fishing, and nature walks are among the many activities. Your child will gain a better understanding of plants and animals through hands-on exploration and interaction with the environment.

3. Capron Park Zoo Camp.
Location: 201 County Street. Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Ages: age 5 to 15.
Hours: 9:00-3:00.
Price: $180.00-$300.00 per week depending on age.
*Before and After Care is Available with a fee as well*

This camp offers a great opportunity for children who have a real interest in animals. The zoo has various programs broken down by age. During camp the children will engage in crafts, and games and enjoy the on premise playground and water-play area. During the hands-on camp with weekly themes, children will learn a great deal about the many animals at the zoo, their environments and will get the opportunity to help take care and feed them (with limitations of course– there are lions!).

4. Roger Williams Park Zoo Camp.
Location: 1000 Elmwood Ave. Providence, Rhode Island.
Ages: age 4 to 12th grade.
Hours: Hours vary depending on program and age of child.
Price: Prices vary, depending on age, program and length of session. Shorter sessions are provided for children ages 4-5 at 3 hours per day.
*Before and After Care is Available with a fee as well*

This camp is great for any child or teen who is interested in animals. For the teens, there is a Zoo Crew counselor training program, which is great for teens interested in working with animals later in life as a career. This camp consists of exploration, games, animal encounters, crafts and fun! This zoo is quite large with tons of different animals and s broken down by “continent,” which helps children to understand where each animal comes from.

5. Stony Brook Natural History Summer Day Camp.
Location: Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. 108 North Street. Norfolk, Massachusetts.
Ages: age 4 to 14.
Hours: Full Day is 9:00-3:30, Half day is 9:00-12:00, with overnight options as well!!
Price: Prices vary, depending on age, program and length of session.

This is a camp located on a 244 acre wildlife sanctuary and really connects your child with nature. The activities include, trail exploration, crafts, games, investigating habitats such as, ponds, wetlands, fields and forests. Children will be active and engaged in hands-on educational opportunities. They will catch bugs, go bird watching, and look for frogs and turtles!

These summer day camps located in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are wonderful options for any child who is not afraid to get dirty! If your child loves to be outdoors, and loves animals and nature- these camps will surely be a hit. Considering that some of the camps provide before and after care, they may be great choices for parents who need full-time care throughout the summer. Rather than spending money on camps provided by the YMCA, Boston Sport’s Club and Preschools in your area, get your child connected to nature and wildlife- rather than the same old sports and crafts!