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Joppa Flats Summer Camp
Newburyport, Massachusetts

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1 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950


TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Monday - Friday: 8:30am- 3:00pm (optional After Camp until 5:00pm)

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Joppa Flats Summer Camp in Newburyport is the perfect program for children with an interest in and curiosity about nature. Campers ages 6 to 13 have fun and make friends as they discover North Shore habitats and wildlife through hands-on, place-based activities, such as wildlife tracking, orienteering, nature art, and eco-engineering challenges.

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TOP MASSACHUSETTS SUMMER CAMP: Joppa Flats Summer Camp is a Top Summer Camp located in Newburyport Massachusetts offering many fun and enriching camp programs. Joppa Flats Summer Camp also offers CIT/LIT and/or Teen Leadership Opportunities, too.

CAMP LOCATION: Our location serves as a gateway to Plum Island, as we are situated at the meeting place of the 20,000 acre Great Marsh and The Merrimack River. The Education Center hosts summer camp in our sunny backyard, where we catch the summer breeze off the river. Inside the building are two full service bathrooms, an adult education room, an observation blind and an air-conditioned children’s classroom where camp operates in inclement weather.

CAMP FACILITIES: We have a year-round Education Center with grounds that include wildflower gardens and a backyard for play and a birding view over the salt marshes around us. The Center has a touch-tank with tidepool wildlife during the summer, and has classrooms for camp use.


Our 5-day themed sessions give campers the opportunity to learn more about their natural surroundings – from insects to arachnids, birds to mammals, ocean to river, and meadow to marsh. Our Explorer and Trekker day camp sessions for ages 6 to 11 run from 8:30am to 3:00pm. Weekly field trips provide full ecosystem immersion. Small group sizes ensure a welcoming, supportive environment. We also offer an after camp option until 5:00pm for all sessions

Nature-Questers, our new day camp for ages 11 to 13, brings pre-teen campers farther outdoors with daily field trips, field ecology projects, paddling trips, and an overnight at Joppa Flats. The daily schedule runs from 8:30am-3:30pm.

Joppa Flats Summer Camp is the perfect program for children with an interest in and curiosity about nature. Campers ages 6 to 13 have fun and make friends as they discover local habitats and wildlife. Our days are filled with hands-on, place-based activities, such as wildlife tracking, orienteering, and nature art; games and cooperative challenges; and nature engineering projects. Multiple field trips each week provide full ecosystem immersion for an enhanced camp experience, while small group sizes ensure that campers stay safe and engaged.

Camp staff members are carefully selected for their maturity, caring attitude towards children, and competence in the fields of natural history, outdoor education, and leadership. All staff must pass background checks and receive training in safety, child development, and nature study. The camp director, in addition to having extensive camp and outdoor school experience, is certified in Wilderness First Aid, CPR/First Aid/AED, and Canoe Safety and Rescue.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: Each Trekkers & Explorers Camp session we offer one volunteer counselor-in-training (CIT) position. CITs are at least 14 years of age, and should have a passion for learning about nature and working with children. To learn more and apply, please contact Camp Director Kirsten Lindquist at orgklindquist[AT] or call (978) 462-9998.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Limited camp scholarships are available. We provide financial assistance based on demonstrated economic need and available funds. This is generally limited to one session per child; however all applications are considered. To apply, mail or bring the Financial Aid Application to Joppa Flats Education Center, c/o Joppa Flats Summer Camp, P.O. 1558, Newburyport, MA 01950. We are located at 1 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport, MA. The deadline for priority consideration for financial aid is April 15, and applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications submitted after that date will still be considered, but funds may be more limited.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Joppa Flats Education Center offers youth and family programs year-round in addition to our summer camp programming. Check out the schedule of upcoming events at: Our Camp Website Link:

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