Norman Bird Sanctuary

The Norman Bird Sanctuary anxiously awaits its 57th year of summer camp! During each eight week session campers will participate in fun-filled, hands-on nature exploration, animal encounters, and outdoor discovery. Age-appropriate and innovative camps offer a unique blend of hands-on learning, games, animal encounters and team building. Camp groups are held on 325 acres offering outdoor learning in small groups with caring, enthusiastic and professional Teacher Naturalists. Camp programs are available for grades Pre-K-8th.
In addition to traditional nature camps, this year the NBS is once again offering the popular Coastal Camp for seven weeks. Coastal Camp will be available for three different age groups from Grades 2-8 and is held entirely at NBS’ Third Beach Education Center  which allows campers to explore tide pools, catch fish and conduct science experiments. Space is limited for these camps so early registration is highly encouraged.

Registration fees are discounted for Norman Bird Sanctuary members, but membership is not required.  Membership discounts for multi-week sign-ups more than pay for the cost of membership.  Families with children in three or more sessions also receive a discount.  Limited scholarship funding is available based on family need.
Online registration will begin Today, Monday, February 1, 2016 at 10 a.m.  For registration information and a list of camp themes and dates, please visit:  If you would like to register for camp but are unable to do so online, please contact Matt Schenck, Camp Director at 401-846-2577 ext.15 or by email at

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