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Wildwood – Summer 2015 Looking Back (and ahead to 2016!)

It is hard to believe that it has been about a month since the last day of the 2015 Wildwood summer camp season. We are so fortunate to have finished off the season with an incredibly strong Family Camp 3, and a very positive staff send-off.

In total, we served over 550 campers with fun and rewarding experiences in our Overnight, Leaders-In-Training, and Teen Adventure Trip programs and 50 families at Family Camp! It has been an amazing few years for us at Wildwood as enrollment numbers and enthusiasm for the program have continued to grow. We believe that camps like Wildwood, where campers can escape from technology and learn to appreciate the connections between people and nature, are more important than ever.

Some highlights from this summer include:

  • A new food service partnership with Sodexo, whose hard work received great reviews from campers and staff!
  • The addition of three new Treks for teens looking for more outdoor adventures!
  • The Leaders-In-Training developed and facilitated a service project to create a new outdoor education area for activity groups. This new spot, dubbed “Whitman’s Woods”, was incredibly popular and used by many IGs and DGs!
  • New IGs like “Forensics”, provided campers fun new ways to learn and connect with nature and the outdoors.

Sign-Up Information for 2016

We are in the process of finalizing the 2016 summer camp calendar. In November the camp dates will be available online and the sessions will be open for registration. All registrations completed before January 15th will be at the early-bird discounted rate!

Be sure to subscribe to this blog on the right-hand side of the page to be notified of new posts so that you can stay up to date on Wildwood news. You can also go to our homepage and subscribe to our e-news which is a monthly email newsletter full of news and information about Wildwood. If you’re looking for a chance to visit Wildwood outside of the summer, visit the Wildwood Program Catalog for a of listing of our year-round public programs.

Looking Back on a Great Year at Wildwood

Thanks to everyone who helped make summer 2014 a huge success!

Thanks to everyone who helped make summer 2014 a huge success!

It has been an absolutely incredible year for Wildwood! Among our accomplishments; we have brought on new staff, had a record number of summer camp participants, and expanded programming beyond the summer months. These last twelve months have confirmed that people all over crave an experience where they can reconnect with nature as part of a strong and supportive community. With staff transitions behind us and facility improvements on the horizon, we are affirmed in our direction and our consistency in facilitating a high-quality program for everyone who visits us along Hubbard Pond.

As we look ahead to 2015, our focus and direction is on celebrating the great traditions at Wildwood and pushing ourselves to provide the greatest possible experience for all of our campers and program participants. As a part of that effort we are offering more programs for teens this summer in the form of new and exciting treks that extend into August. We are also expanding year-round programming with public programs for families to enjoy while visiting the Monadnock region and weekly naturalist walks after school on the sanctuary for folks in the local community. Next spring and fall are also hosting schools and scout troops for day and overnight visits with fun and engaging Wildwood programming.

Wildwood is an amazing place to explore year-round!

Wildwood is an amazing place to explore year-round!

Stay tuned into what’s happening at Wildwood with our website, social media, and electronic mailings for information on all this and more that we are excited to share. We also hope you’ll visit Rindge this winter to enjoy one of our public programs and talk a walk around the sanctuary. Best wishes and we look forward to seeing you at Wildwood again soon!

Fall Happenings at Wildwood!

The view across Hubbard Pond in autumn.

The view across Hubbard Pond in autumn.

The leaves are falling and the air is much cooler here at Wildwood as we prepare to head into winter. In the past, we had almost completely closed up by this time of year and conducted all of our camp business from Lincoln, MA. This year the Wildwood year-round staff are excited to spend the fall, winter, and spring at Wildwood. We’ve already taken advantage of our presence here to offer programs and events beyond the summer season. In the coming months we will continue to provide lots of opportunities for folks to come visit Wildwood and participate in fun programs.

Keep an eye on the Wildwood website and Like us on Facebook for updates and information on upcoming events. We hope that we’ll see you back here again soon!

We’re also beginning to schedule outings for schools, scouts, and other groups for outdoor education opportunities in the spring. If you or someone you know would like to take advantage of a trip to Wildwood for a day or overnight, have them visit our Schools & Groups page or give us a call toll-free at 866-627-2267 for more information.

Wildwood Program Coordinator, Chris Poulin, leading a teen group to new heights!

Wildwood Program Coordinator, Chris Poulin, leading a teen group to new heights!

Send Us Your Photos!

IMG_7787Did you take awesome pictures during your camp session at Wildwood? Have you ever wanted to be in our brochure? Now is your chance!

We are accepting submissions of photos taken at Wildwood to use in the 2015 program brochure. It can be of you, your friends, your IG or DG, the waterfront, a nature moment, or anything that you think captures the spirit of Wildwood.

Photo Requirements

  • Acceptable formats: .jpg, .png, .eps, .tiff
  • Size: >1 MB
  • The photo must have been taken on Wildwood property (Wildwood alumni may send photos from old locations—we love to see historic Wildwood!)
  • The person submitting the photo should be the photographer or parent/caretaker of the photographer.
  • By submitting your photo, you grant Mass Audubon permission to use the photo in our 2015 program brochure. Photos will not be used for any other purpose without further permission.

photo (35)How to Submit

Please send your photo(s) to Amanda Duggan at [email protected] and include

  • Photographer’s name
  • Year the photo was taken

Please note, photo submission does not guarantee placement in the brochure.

We can’t wait to see Wildwood through your eyes!

Sneak Peeks

This weekend was our last Open House, and we’re getting really excited for camp to start next month (can you believe it?)!

We had a great turn out of campers and families excited to see Wildwood for the first time, or visit again before camp begins. Chris and Welch led tours of the property, which was at peak beauty, thanks to the sunshine. Even the flora and fauna helped us show off, with trillium and bluets in bloom, and a newly hatched turtle, eastern newt, and red squirrel making appearances for our visitors.

Check out the Open House photos to get a sneak peek of camp from home. What are you looking forward to the most?

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Happy to be at the helm!

Hello Wildwood Family and Friends!


Thank you so much for your continued support of the Wildwood program. Thank you also for your support of me as I transition into my new role as Director. I am so honored to have been selected to take on the leadership of Wildwood after Bob. He has been a great mentor to me over these last few years and I am so fortunate to be able to inherit such a solid program that truly serves the mission of Mass Audubon.

As I move in to this new role, one of the things I am most looking forward to is hearing from you all, our campers, families, and alumni. I’ve been participating and working at camp since I was 9 years old, and I know how important it is to continue those important programs and traditions which stay with each of us in the months and years after leaving camp. So please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me anytime. I’d love to hear more about what has made Wildwood so special for you.

I also want the flow of communication to continue in both directions. Through the blog, I and other members of the Wildwood team will give you a look in to the happenings and planning that go on at camp year-round. So check back every few weeks to hear the latest “Word from Wildwood”

Whether or not you are able to make it to camp this summer, I’d love to catch up during one of our open house events at camp in Rindge. If you haven’t yet been to the site in Rindge, or haven’t been in a number of years, the open house will be a great opportunity to talk more about Wildwood’s past and future. Those events will be from 1 – 3pm, on May 3rd and 10th. I hope to see you all at an open house and of course at camp this summer!


-Welch Narron