Wildwood staff and campers digging in the garden

Wildwood Volunteer Day 2021

The Wildwood team is getting ready for campers to arrive and we need your help!

Join us on Sunday, May 23 from 9:30 am–3:30 pm to help clean and prep camp. Volunteers of all ages are welcome as we have all kinds of projects that need to get done. Lunch will be provided for our wonderful volunteers and at the end of the day, we will open the waterfront for anyone that wants to boat or swim.

These dedicated campers transplanted wildflowers into our new native flower garden
These dedicated campers transplanted wildflowers into our new native flower garden

Volunteer projects include:

  • Trail maintenance
  • Getting both the vegetable and flower gardens cleaned and planted
  • Sweeping out all of our cabins/yurts/tents
  • Washing tables, chairs, and floors in the dining hall
  • Raking the beach
  • Painting
KP Duty - Everybody helps keep our dining hall clean
KP Duty – Everybody helps keep our dining hall clean

To join us, please register on our website so we have a headcount. We look forward to seeing you on Volunteer Day!

Hermit Thrush © Mark Rosenstein

Join Wildwood’s 2021 Bird-a-thon Team!

This year, celebrate Mass Audubon’s 125th anniversary by joining the Wildwood Bird-a-thon team! There are so many ways that YOU can participate to support Wildwood—and you don’t have to be an experienced birder to join in the fun.

During Bird-a-thon weekend, Friday, May 14–Saturday, May 15, all teams will compete head-to-head in two ways—by earning points from birding and nature activities, AND by birding in strategic sub-groups in an effort to identify the greatest number of bird species in 24 hours. You can take as much or as little time as you like and go outside anywhere in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to look for birds—each unique species you identify is worth one point!

Hermit Thrush © Mark Rosenstein
Hermit Thrush © Mark Rosenstein

But you don’t have to be an expert birder to participate! Check back the week of May 10 on the Bird-a-thon page on our website to see the official list of all the different activities you can do to earn points, like completing a nature scavenger hunt, creating bird art, or even picking up litter! You can also download the 2021 Official Species Checklist and read the updated rules and guidelines to learn more.

In addition to participating in birding and other nature activities, you can also donate to and raise funds for the Wildwood Kids-to-Camp Fund, which helps remove barriers for more campers to come and experience the joys of Wildwood. 2020 has been a difficult year for many families, and kids need camp. Please consider donating to or fundraising for the Wildwood team. In 2020, Wildwood raised over $2,000 to send kids to camp—will you help us to exceed that number this year?

Wildwood Caretakers Stephanie and Collin Tourgee with their daughter, Eva

Welcome to Wildwood, Collin and Stephanie!

Wildwood Caretakers Stephanie and Collin Tourgee with their daughter, Eva
Wildwood Caretakers Stephanie and Collin Tourgee with their daughter, Eva

As registrations are rolling in, we are busy excitedly prepping for summer 2021—including hiring new staff! We are happy to welcome Collin & Stephanie Tourgee and their adorable daughter Eva to our Wildwood Family. Collin and Stephanie are our new caretakers and live onsite year-round, keeping a watchful eye on the property. 

Collin grew up in nearby Sharon, NH, and Stephanie in Greenfield, NH. They were high school sweethearts! Collin spent his younger years going to camp just down the road from Wildwood at Camp Takodah and is currently working in construction. Stephanie has a background in customer service, loves to cook and bake, and is now busy as a stay-at-home mom. 

They both love everything about living in rural New Hampshire and are truly enjoying the quiet life at Wildwood. Stephanie and Eva have been exploring the trails and discovering lots of animal tracks, scat, and other wildlife sign. Winter is their favorite season as they are avid skiers and snowboarders. Collin even built a snow tunnel and slide for Eva to enjoy in the backyard.

Welcome to the Wildwood family, Tourgees! It’s going to be a great summer!

Wildwood Winter Getaways

Need a getaway? Want to play in the snow? Join us this winter for a fun family getaway at Wildwood!  We are turning our health center into a winterized lodge for camp families. Wildwood will be all yours to use as your winter playground. During your visit we hope you will enjoy the natural world, relax, and play in beautiful New Hampshire. There will only be one family at Wildwood at a time.

Snowshoe, cross country ski, sled, build a snowman, have a snowball fight—all are fabulous options for your family getaway at Wildwood!

The Health Center has the following amenities available for your family:

  • Sleeps 7
    • Fitted and flat sheets are available
    • Bring your own blankets and pillows
    • One bedroom with a queen bed
    • One bedroom with a single twin bed
    • Two bedrooms with twin bunk beds and adjoining ½ baths
  • 3 Bathrooms, one with a shower
    • Bath towels are provided
  • Full Kitchen
    • Includes a gas stove, full-size refrigerator, coffee pot, coffee grinder, stand mixer, microwave, food processor, tea kettle, tables, and chairs
    • Fully furnished with pots & pans
  • WiFi
  • 32” TV
    • You can plug a laptop in, but bring cords and adapters for Apple products
  • Washer & Dryer

Dates:  Weekends, December 11, 2020 through April 4, 2021

Fees:

  • $325/family for Friday through Sunday night
    • Families must book both nights
    • Thursday or Sunday night costs an additional $100 (please call to add either or both nights on to your stay)
  • Wildwood is gear available for purchase
    • Please call and we can have purchases available in the health center upon your arrival 
    • Tie-Dye Blanket – $25 (twin size)
    • Blue Blanket – $20 (small lap blanket)
    • Warm Wildwood Socks – $10 (small, medium & large available)

Check-in: Any time after 9:00 am on Friday

Check-out: By 5:00 pm on Sunday

Get Your 2020 Wildwood T-Shirts!

Each year, I look forward to getting my summer camp t-shirt, no matter how old I am. Like you, I miss camp, and I’m happy to put on a camp shirt and feel a little closer to my summer home.  

Creative costumes and face paint from the counselors for the Wrath of Nature evening program
Creative costumes and face paint from the counselors for the Wrath of Nature evening program

Last week I woke up and knew it was a camp shirt kind of day, so I pulled out my favorite one, a sage green shirt with a beautiful loon on the front. The nostalgia I feel every time I open my drawer of camp shirts makes me close my eyes for a moment to remember some of my favorite camp memories: My morning walk to the dining hall and the excitement I feel when I smell the pancakes and bacon, an afternoon spent laying in a hammock in the Chill Zone, sitting in the amphitheater full of campers singing at the top of their lungs, or jumping into the pond during OATs. I actually laugh out loud when I remember Heffalump Hunts.

Wildwood’s 70th summer didn’t go at all how we’d planned, of course, but until we can celebrate together again in 2021, we want you to have that nostalgic camp t-shirt feeling, so we’re offering a special Wildwood t-shirt that you can order now!

Not only can you help support Wildwood by purchasing a 2020 Wildwood T-shirt, but you can also wear it and think of all the amazing camp memories you have made in the past and all the memories we will make next summer.

Order Your 2020 Wildwood T-Shirt by December 2!

Kyle & Katherine's Wedding Photos

Farewell & Congratulations to Kyle Branin!

Saying goodbye to our team members is always bittersweet in the camp world. Kyle Branin, our now-former Teen Programs Manager, has left Wildwood for a very exciting reason: he got married! And the union is completely Becky’s fault. Kyle’s new partner, Katherine, is a friend of Becky’s—who knew that a chance encounter over lunch would create a beautiful love connection?

Here a few photos of the small, socially distanced ceremony on Halloween, taken by our own marketing/photography staffer, Ryan, who was honored to be included in their big day. A larger celebration with their families to come when it is safe to gather and travel again.

Kyle & Katherine's Wedding Ceremony
Kyle & Katherine’s Wedding Ceremony, with family attending via Zoom

Kyle has been a part of the Wildwood family since 2012 when he was the Ropes Course Director and stayed on as caretaker for a few months. He left Wildwood to return home to Utah to work for outdoor company Black Diamond but continued to consult for us part-time. He returned in 2017 as the Teen Programs Manager.

Over the last three years, Kyle has worked hard to expand the “teen trek” program and start a new winter camping trek program. He managed the ropes course and was also a Leave No Trace trainer, helping Mass Audubon on the path to getting certified. Kyle brought consistency and growth to our Environmental Leadership Program (formerly Leaders-in-Training) and our Counselors-in-Training program (formerly Junior Counselors).

Kyle's dog, Pippin, inspecting the wedding cake
Kyle’s dog, Pippin, inspecting the wedding cake. Down, Pippin!

In his free time, Kyle guided trips for various outfitters and hiked around the New Hampshire woods with his beagle, Pippin. Few people knew that Kyle is a master Magic card player who has won many tournaments over the years (yes, he’s a true Wildwooder!). 

Kyle has moved to Scarsdale, New York, where Katherine serves as Associate Pastor of Mission, Outreach & Church Families at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church. All of us at Wildwood thank Kyle for his contributions to our programming and to all of the people he worked with. We wish him and Katherine a lifetime of happiness. 

Kyle & Katherine's Wedding Photos
Aren’t they just the picture of happiness?

“Winter Explorers” Learn Cold-Weather Survival Skills

Do you know how to dress for different winter conditions? What to do if frostbite sets in? How to build a fire on top of the snow? Or maybe how to build a shelter outside?

Learn these and even more winter outdoor skills with staff from Wildwood Camp and the Jaffrey Parks & Recreation Department during our Winter Explorers program series.

This winter, on the third Saturday of each month, we’ll discover a different skill to help us brave the winter weather. Each session takes place from 9:00 to 11:00 am.

Register online on the Jaffrey Parks & Rec website for one session or for all four at a discounted rate.

Photo © Phil Doyle

November: Winter Attire

Saturday, November 21, 2020
At Jaffrey Parks and Recreation
31 Howard Hill Road, Jaffrey, NH 03452

What are your jeans made of, and can they really keep you warm in cold weather? Through a variety of experiments, learn the “do’s and don’t’s” of what to wear during the winter months, including the differences between various fabrics.

Note: Participants should bring clothes in a backpack or bag that you believe could help keep you warm if you were outside in the cold for ten hours.

Winter Hiking with Wildwood at Mount Monadnock
Winter Hiking with Wildwood at Mount Monadnock

December: Winter First Aid

Saturday, December 19, 2020
At Wildwood Camp
462 Old New Ipswich Road, Rindge, NH 03461

Be prepared for any accident that may occur during the winter months. Learn the warning signs for hypothermia, frost bite, and dehydration and what to do if you or someone else is showing signs.

Note: Instructor Cheryl is a certified Red Cross First Aid instructor; participants will not be certified at the end of the program.

January: Fires & Cooking

Saturday, January 16, 2021
At Wildwood Camp
462 Old New Ipswich Road, Rindge, NH 03461

Have you ever tried to build a fire on snow? What happens to wood when it is wet? Learn the answers to these questions and more as we build a fire and cook over an open flame. Together we will learn the science of how to start a fire without matches.

Note: Participants should bring a travel mug, thermos, or cup with a lid for hot beverages.

Camp cooking in winter
Camp cooking in winter

February: Shelters & Knots

Saturday, February 20, 2021
At Wildwood Camp
462 Old New Ipswich Road, Rindge, NH 03461

Protecting yourself from harsh winter weather with a DIY shelter is a great skill to have! Use materials you can find in the woods to help make your shelter safe and warm, and learn different knots and lashings to create a camp chair or even a table!


To register for these programs, please visit the Jaffrey Parks & Rec website. Join for one session or for all four at a discounted rate! Should you have any questions, reach out to Wildwood’s Education Program Manager, Cheryl Oliveira at [email protected].

Wildwood Getaways Family at Waterfront

Introducing Wildwood Getaways!

Wildwood Getaways Family at Waterfront
July 2020 Wildwood Getaways Family at the Waterfront

Join us in summer 2020 for a physically distanced family getaway at Wildwood! Wildwood is turning our camp into a campground for camp families from July 10–October 15. We will provide families with a space to sleep and relax while being physically distanced from others.

You can choose from any of the following lodging options:

  • Bring your own tent: $55/night
  • Yurt / Wooden Tent: $70/night
  • Cabins: $75/night (cabins have electricity)
  • Muir Lodge: $125/night (includes: 4 bedrooms, sleeps 7, private bathroom, shower, kitchenette, refrigerator, microwave, convection oven, cooktop, kitchen sink, dishes, living room, front porch, firepit & picnic table outside)

We will assign one family only to each unit. Each unit has a firepit, wood, sink, toilets, picnic table, trash & recycle cans. Families bring their own bedding, personal items, food, and all cooking/cleaning gear.

The waterfront is open from 10:00 am–noon and 2:00–5:00 pm and is included in the nightly rate. Waterfront activities include canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding & swimming. If possible, families are encouraged to bring their own lifejackets.

The shower house is a shared space. We will assign families a time block to shower and will clean and sanitize the shower house between families.

Check-in is from 1:00–5:00 pm and check-out is no later than 11:00 am.
We ask families to move out of the unit by 11:00 am in order to avoid being charged for an extra night, but they are allowed to continue to enjoy our property after check-out.

Learn More and Reserve Your Getaway Today!

Wildwood Summer 2020 Cancellation Notice

Dear Wildwood Community:

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we announce that Mass Audubon will not be opening Wildwood Camp for the summer of 2020. We will also be rescheduling the 70th Anniversary Alumni Weekend. This was not an easy decision to make. The health and safety of our campers, staff, and community have always been our top priority, and given the COVID-19 crisis we know this is the right thing for us to do.

Please watch our closing video here with a special message from the director:

Our community is resilient and through our love of Wildwood, we will make it through this!  We survived moving locations three times over the past 70 years and have grown stronger through the challenges we face. The recovery plan for New Hampshire’s economy provides a slow and cautious approach for the months ahead, with many limiting regulations in place. After further research and discussion, we concluded that the camp experience as we’ve known and loved on Hubbard Pond will not be possible this year.

All 2020 campers are eligible to return next summer, regardless of age or grade in school. Summer camp families have the option to:

  • Receive a full 2020 tuition refund
  • Roll tuition to next year (get 2021 at the 2020 price)
  • Donate all or part of the tuition to Wildwood (for a tax-deductible donation)

Thank you to those who have already generously donated.  These are challenging times and your support means so much. Please contact us to let us know what you would like to do with your 2020 tuition.

Things are hard right now, but remember: camp is a place where we do hard things. Doing hard things is how we learn courage, resilience, self-confidence, and grit, and adopt a healthy “growth mindset”.  With that in mind, we want you to know that we’re here for you. Look for more information coming soon about engaging with us on social media, reimagined summer programming, and much more as we make every effort to continue to engage and support you throughout this summer and beyond.

We are forever appreciative and thankful for our Wildwood Community.  We hope you and your family are able to remain safe and healthy during these times, and we look forward to the day we all meet again in person. Get out and enjoy nature and know that Wildwood is always right there in your heart.  

If you have questions or are ready to alert us to your refund preferences please contact us at [email protected] or leave a message on the camp line at 603-899-5589 and someone will call you back.

Warm regards,

Becky Signature

Becky Gilles
Wildwood Director

P.S. We know this will be really difficult news for many of our campers to process. Please take advantage of some of the resources below and contact us if we can support you—we are here for you!

Resources for discussing summer without camp with your children: