A sense of wonder that lasts a lifetime

A Note from Ed

Thirty-three years ago I was approached by parents asking me to begin a summer program based not on sports or competition, awards, color war, pressured schedules, loudspeakers, etc., but instead one that was based on cooperation and each child’s inherent connection to nature.

Heading into summer 2018 we’re still running camp cooperatively (it’s now me along with my family: Daniel, Ayla, Scott, and more!) and nature’s still our middle name. Join us!

Who We Are

The Nature Place Day Camp is an ACA accreditednature-oriented and non-competitive summer day camp for children ages 4-16, located on 200 acres in Rockland County, New York. Campers come to us (we bus) from Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Rockland, Westchester and Bergen counties.

Connecting to nature through outdoor play and hands-on experience is the heart of our camp. The nature of our camp is cooperative, rather than competitive: the games we play, the way we (campers, staff, administration) interact with one another, and the way we treat the earth.

From the Blog

Nature’s Palette

Our cooking instructor, Eva Szigeti, paints an extraordinary picture of the changing colors in nature’s palette and includes fascinating notes on using plant dyes, including a DIY how-to… After what felt like an almost never-ending winter, it is a great joy to finally enter the season of budding colors. Snowdrops, violets, and skunk cabbage might […]

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