Summer Camp

2020 registration


Camp is a great way to befriend one another and the Earth. Every summer, Boxerwood offers day camps for children from ages 4 to 11.

Our camps all share core traits that we think are essential for kids: an emphasis on community-making, adventures, creativity, service, wildness, wonder, scientific investigations, and play.

Special message for 2020

April 1st, 2020: In keeping with Gov. Northam’s March 30th public health directive, we have cancelled camps scheduled for the first two weeks in June. At this point, Boxerwood is still prepared to offer a limited camp season, starting June 23.

May 11, 2020: For the well-being of all concerned, we will also no longer be able to offer Adventure Camp (June 22-26). At this point, we are still enrolling campers for the July 27-31 and Aug. 3-7 camps and will post any updates in a timely manner. 

If Boxerwood must cancel additional camps, we will do so in a timely way and offer families a 100% refund, so go ahead and enroll your child now as spaces are limited. Need-based financial scholarships are also available thanks to generous camp donors.

Please note that any camp cancellations initiated by Boxerwood are eligible for 100% camp refunds. Regrettably, we are not otherwise able to provide refunds due to our need for camp planning. Thank you for your understanding and support.


  • Boxerwood Nature Camps are directed and supervised by our education staff and summer counselors.
  • All activities are conducted on the Boxerwood Nature Center property with the exception of the Expedition Camp.
  • Each day of camp features outdoor nature investigations and projects as well as supervised free play.
  • Campers are grouped in small, similar-aged clans and engage in age-appropriate activities.
  • All campers should bring their own water bottle, a morning snack, and lunch.
  • Campers should come dressed for outdoor activities (even on rainy days!). On some days they will need a bathing suit, towels, and waterproof shoes, if they have them.
  • Parents are responsible for transporting their campers to and from camp (carpooling is encouraged).
  • Scholarships are available for campers who would otherwise be unable to attend camp.

nature explorer camp

Director: Hannah West


June 1 – June 5
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
pre-k; ages 4 & 5
max. enrollment: 20

Outdoor adventures with the youngest, including hands-on fun plus Play Trail.


June 8 – June 12
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
rising 1st – 3rd graders
max. enrollment: 30

Connect with Boxerwood and its habitats, create art, make new friends.


adventure camp

Director: Hannah West


June 22 – June 26
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
rising 3rd – 6th graders
max. enrollment: 30

Explore, find hidden wonders, and enjoy outdoor play with fellow adventurers.


expedition camp

Director: Elise Sheffield


July 27 – July 31
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
rising 3rd – 6th graders
max. enrollment: 11

We’ll travel to a different local river site each day, investigating aquatic life, and playing along the waters-edge (sorry, no swimming). Van transport with pick up and drop-off at Boxerwood.

nature detectives

Director: Hannah West


Aug 3 – Aug 7
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
4 yrs – rising 3rd graders
max. enrollment: 30

We’re all connected! We’ll discover the connections through natural wonders, inventive crafts, and supervised play.


Contact Hannah West 540-463-2697 for a discount code if you are a member, counselor in training, or if you would like to request a financial-need scholarship to support the cost of your child’s camp

Have your discount code before you start filling out the form. Enter the code when prompted. Make sure to fill out all of the information, and click SUBMIT.

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