Our Groton site at Grotonwood Camp boasts 250 acres of forest with a wealth of different wetlands for students to explore! With an expansive trail system, a network of beaver ponds, Lost Lake, and even a section of birch forest, our Groton site is a perfect locale for nature-based education.
About the Facility
At our Groton site, lessons about the natural world are to be found around every corner. Take, for example, the Monkey Trail, which offers a glimpse at the area’s geological history with large boulders and kettle ponds deposited by glaciers over 10,000 years ago. Students will learn all about the land and the animals who inhabit it—especially from the man-made shore of Lost Lake, where they can observe trumpeter swans, Canada geese, beavers, and other aquatic critters!
The facilities at Groton offer flexible dorm and cabin-style housing options for up to 150 students. Every major building on campus is ADA-compliant. What’s more, students and adults alike will love cozying up by our numerous indoor fireplaces after a long day of outdoor learning!
For free time recreation, our Groton site offers students an exciting playground (complete with wheelchair swing!) and a large indoor gymnasium.
Our hour-long mealtimes are a wonderful time for students to enjoy some delicious food and get to know their peers, instructors, and teachers. We’re lucky enough to have awesome chefs at all of our sites who have a lot of experience cooking for children. All of our food is kid-friendly and each kitchen can accommodate a variety of allergies/diets including vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Additional accommodations for other allergies/diets can be made upon request. Please reach out to us ASAP if you or your student needs additional accommodations!
Health & Wellness
Each of our sites has a fully stocked medical center in case of any emergencies, staffed by a trained medical professional. Additionally, all Nature’s Classroom instructors are trained in First Aid and CPR. They participate in extensive training designed to prepare our staff to execute a program that meets students’ educational, social, emotional, and physical needs. All of our sites are easily accessible by ambulance. We work closely with local and regional officials to ensure we are fully prepared for any emergency situation and we train our staff to effectively execute risk management and emergency plans.
Evenings with Nature’s Classroom are times to reflect and unwind from the day. Teachers and chaperones will determine an appropriate bedtime for students, but we ask that all cabins are quiet by 10:00 p.m., giving folks about an hour and a half after programming ends to relax, take showers, and get ready for bed.
With streams, marshes, and two kettle ponds on our 250 wooded acres, our Groton site is a great location for aquatic and terrestrial investigations. Located in northeastern Massachusetts, Groton is easily accessible for schools in the Boston area and New Hampshire.
- Boston, MA – 50 minutes
- Portsmouth, NH – 1 hour
- Providence, RI – 1 hour and 10 minutes
- Springfield, MA – 1 hour and 30 minutes
Still curious as to what students get up to for five fun-filled days? Here’s a sample schedule! Please note that some activities and times may differ slightly based on the site, but this sample schedule gives you a good idea of what our week looks like.