Summer Camp

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Summer Camp at NBS

Norman Bird Sanctuary Summer Camp welcomes children from age 3.5 to 14. Our age-appropriate and innovative camps offer a unique blend of hands-on learning, games, animal encounters and team building. Camp groups utilize our 325-acre outdoor classroom and are held in small groups with caring, enthusiastic and professional Teacher Naturalists.

Day camp for week-long sessions from June 25th to August 17th.


FLEDGLINGS (3.5-5yrs) and CHICKADEES (4-6yrs)

These programs are magical doorways into camp for young learners. NBS’s youngest campers get acquainted with nature by exploring the Sanctuary’s trails, beach, and tide pools, meeting education animals, listening to stories, playing with puppets, creating crafts, and singing songs.

NATURE DAY CAMP (Entering grades K-4)

Campers establish a real and lasting connection with nature by exploring our 325-acre outdoor classroom, hiking along trails, investigating life in and around ponds, and getting eye-to-eye with snakes, salamanders, and other animals.  Camp experiences include songs, spirited group games, and exploration of the Third Beach ecosystem. Children are grouped by age and led by trained educators.

EXPLORERS (Entering grades 4-6)

These exciting sessions allow older campers to fully immerse themselves in nature. Days are filled with nature discovery, hiking, team-building activities, crafts, a trip to Sachuest Point, a Wednesday evening campfire, and one offsite excursion per week.

COASTAL CAMPS (Various Age Groups)

Become an expert in one of the Ocean State’s most important ecosystems, the coast! Coastal campers spend an entire week exploring tide pools of the beautiful Third Beach, learning about coastal ecosystems, seining for sea life, and studying their finds in the lab at our Third Beach Education Center.

SUMMER CHALLENGE (Entering grades 5-8)

This immersive camp emphasizes fun outdoor adventures and encourages a meaningful connection with the environment. Days are filled with extensive hiking, learning about plants and animals native to NBS, and a rare opportunity to camp overnight at NBS.

NBS ECO BLITZ (Entering grades 7-8)

Our older campers learn to explore biodiversity at NBS and enjoy an evening campfire every Wednesday. Children study a different group of animals or plants each day and serve as citizen scientists, studying wildlife preservation and documenting the number of different organisms that call NBS home.


WORKING AT NBS SUMMER CAMP – Teacher and Naturalists and ANTS

Teacher/Naturalists lead groups of 12-16 campers in grades Pre-K through 12, plan and teach a variety of hands-on nature based camp activities; oversee camper health and safety; communicate effectively with staff and parents; and supervise high school Assistant Naturalists in Training.  Please call us to find out more!

Camp Registration


Returning campers? Sign on HERE.

New campers? Create a new account to register HERE.

 Questions? Contact Matt Schenck at 401-846-2577 Ext 15, or Mark Pagliarini at 401-846-2577 Ext 34,

norman bird sanctuary camp

Norman Bird Sanctuary