My daughter had fun, made new friends and learned so much. Most importantly, in her own words, ‘she gets to play outside every day’ – a summer well spent!

The 60th Year of Summer Camp!

Norman Bird Sanctuary offers summer day camp programs for children from ages 3.5 through 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.

Camp Registration

Summer Camp Registration Opens Friday February 1st, 2019!

Click on the programs below to view weekly themes and pricing!

Please see Camp Policies below after program descriptions.


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


Summer Camp Programs

Click the Camp Title for session themes and prices.

Fledglings (3.5-5yrs) and Chickadees (4-6yrs)

These programs are the perfect introduction to camp for your young learner. Together, we’ll explore the Sanctuary’s trails, beach and tide pools, meet education animals, listen to stories, play with puppets, create crafts, and sing songs.

Coastal Camp (Various Age Groups)

During these exciting weeks, campers have the opportunity to explore tide pools, catch fish and conduct experiments at our Coastal Education Center at Third Beach.

Nature Day Camp (Entering grades K-4)

Join us in our 325-acre outdoor classroom, as we hike along trails, investigate life in and around ponds, get eye-to-eye with snakes and salamanders, and much more!  All camps include hiking, songs, spirited group games, and a trip to Third Beach. Children are grouped by age and led by trained educators.

Summer Challenge (Entering grades 5-8)

This exciting camp for students entering grades 6-8 provides hiking, outdoor adventure, and overnight experiences at NBS.

Explorers (Entering grades 4-6)

These exciting sessions for older campers are filled with hiking, teambuilding activities, nature discovery, crafts, a trip to Sachuest Point, and a Wednesday evening campfire and one offsite trip per week.

NBS Eco Blitz (Entering grades 7-8)

This exciting new program is designed as a chance for our older campers to explore biodiversity at NBS. Each day we will learn about specific groups of animals or plants and explore NBS to see how many we can find.

2019 Session Dates

Session 1: June 24-28    

Session 2: July 1-5 

Session 3: July 8-12 

Session 4: July 15-19   

Session 5: July 22-26 

Session 6: July 29-August 2 

Session 7: August 5-9 

Session 8: August 12-16

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To Learn about Camp Extended Day and Scholarships CLICK HERE

Application to work at Summer Camp Opens Monday February 11th, 2019

Our son had such a great time, learned valuable skills, built confidence, enjoyed the outdoors, and learned a phenomenal amount! Overjoyed!
As a parent of a child with special needs, I felt that this camp was my son’s ideal fit… he thrived with the professional and enthusiastic counselors.

Camp Policies

Before registering for camp, please take moment to read our important camp policies on this page. 

You may also download our comprehensive NBS Camp 2018 Parent Information Packet and What to Bring to Summer Camp.

Cancellation Policy: There is a $50 administrative fee for all cancellations before June 1st. After June 1st, no refunds will be given.

Multiple session discount: Sign up for 3 or more sessions per camper and receive a 10% off on the third (and all additional) camp sessions per child.

Late Pickup/Aftercare: Parents MUST call the main office (401-846-2577) if they will be delayed. After 3 p.m., there will be a $5 charge for the first 15 minutes. If more than 15 minutes late, parents will be charged for after care at a rate of $10 per hour with a minimum of 1 hour charge. Aftercare is available Monday – Friday 3:00-5:00 p.m. and must be registered for in advance. If attending aftercare, please provide a second snack for your child.

Behavior: Camp guidelines for safety and behavior are established within each group at the beginning of the camp week. If NBS staff members have concerns regarding your child’s actions or behavior, we will let you know as soon as possible, and will work with you to resolve the issue. If the behavior does not improve and becomes dangerous to your child or to others in the class, they may be asked to leave camp for that week. In such cases, no refunds will be given.

T-shirts: All campers attending Coastal Camp must wear an NBS T-shirt when attending off-site programs. We will provide the first t-shirt, but you may wish to purchase more than one t-shirt if your child will be traveling off-site for more than one program..

Refund Policy: After June 1st, no refunds will be given. Refunds will not be given for mosquito and tick bites, sunburn, poison ivy or other nature related concerns.

Schedule Changes: There is a $25 fee for all schedule changes after forms are submitted if the request is made by June 1st. After June 1st, the fee is $100.

Memberships: A current NBS family membership (valid through August 17, 2018) is required to receive the member discount for summer camp. Memberships can be added during online registration or in person at the NBS office.

Special Friends: We make every effort to honor friend requests, but they are not guaranteed. Please note that we can only honor Special Friend Requests when both children are registered for the same camp program. We cannot honor requests for campers enrolled in different programs, even if they attend the same camp week.

Forms: ALL forms must be submitted to the NBS office no later than June 1, 2015. This year, all camper information and medical forms will be completed at registration through CampInTouch. Note that your child will not be able to attend camp unless all necessary forms are on file.

What NOT to bring: We ask that campers leave pocketknives, music devices, gum, cell phones, electronic games, portable music players, sporting equipment, toys and any items of value at home. Weapons, illegal drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and pets are not permitted on NBS property.