Garden Party

…and Fiber Craft Studio Sheep & Wool Festival!

a party in the garden

Sunday, June 3rd. 11am-12:30pm
285 Hungry Hollow Road Chestnut Ridge NY 10977

A party in the garden! Live music, refreshments, and plenty of hands-on activities. Help The Nature Place gear up for summer by planting, harvesting and eating! The Pfeiffer Garden will be in full bloom, and if you love being outside and getting your hands dirty as much as we do, this event is not to be missed.

After a little gardening you can cross Hungry Hollow Road and stop by the Fiber Craft Studio‘s Sheep and Wool Festival. There’ll be crafty activities (felting, spinning, weaving, knitting), delicious food (Threefold Cafe & sushi table), a silent auction, clearance sale, and plenty of sheep, goats, and bunnies!

Stick around afterward for our open house from 1-4pm to learn more about The Nature Place.

Gr-grr-growl!

Be careful when you’re out and about at this time of year. You don’t want to be bitten by the ‘lion’s teeth’! We’re kidding about the biting part, but there really are ‘lion’s teeth’ to be found wherever there are dandelions: Dent-de-lion (French for lion’s tooth) brings us to our name, dandelion. To find these teeth, first locate the well-known yellow flower and follow the stem down to the ground. Radiating out from the base of the plant, sometimes very flat on the ground, you will find the toothed leaves. Some people think they look like little pine trees.

dandelion and its teeth

Did you know…
…that the first dandelions were brought to this country by the early European settlers?
…that the dandelion has been used for thousands of years as a spring tonic, liver support, a great source of vitamins, wine, and a coffee substitute? keep reading…

Ed’s Corner

garden blend

Welcome to the April Dirt. It seems to me that putting these two words together, ‘April’ and ‘Dirt’, feels very right for this time of year. This is the month when people start to literally get their hands into the dirt, preparing their piece of the planet for flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs. In some parts of the country it is also known as mud time, and for some with sensitive noses, the smell of soil warmed by the sun is an April delight. keep reading…

Dirty Adventures

1. Take some white paper out-of-doors and find soil from some different places. If you have a shovel, take samples that are from below ground level. With the paper flat on a hard surface, like a driveway, sidewalk or blacktop, rub each soil sample onto the paper. You might be surprised at the colors that come out! Be creative and artistic.

dig yourself into a hole…

2. Dig a hole. Yup! Just dig a hole. In a safe and permissible place, of course. How deep can you go. The Nature Place is in Rockland County. What do you think we find a lot of whenever we dig a hole? What will you find? Try the rubbing activity above with the soils you find at different levels.

3. Find a place where the soil seems to be eroding or washing away, where little ‘canyons’ might be forming. Get a pitcher or two full of water and gently pour onto the top or beginning of the eroded area. Watch how the flowing water moves, carves, pushes and creates.

Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day, and being The Nature Place, we take this day seriously! While we think every day should be earth day (remember on Mother’s Day asking why there is no kid’s day, and being told that “every day is kid’s day”?), we like to think of April 22nd as a birthday celebration for our planet.

Earth Day Teach-In

The first Earth Day came about through the efforts of Senator Gaylord Nelson when he realized that this country did not have an environmental agenda, and keep reading…

Open House and The Bees Knees

Sunday, April 15th. 11:30am-12:30pm
285 Hungry Hollow Road Chestnut Ridge NY 10977

buzz

Explore the fascinating world of honeybees with The Nature Place Day Camp as we look at, learn about, and get as hands-on as we can with the seven bee hives in the Pfeiffer Garden. Beekeeper Megan Durney will lead us into a busy world queen bees, worker bees, and last but not least, the drones (boy bees). We’ll have a look inside a hive and see why bees matter to us and our planet.

Stick around afterward for our open house from 1-4pm to learn more about camp!

Week 5 – Green Olympics

Week 5 at camp this summer is Green Olympics Week!

Think potentially inter-dimensional ultimate hide-and-go-seek, The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, turtle and toad triathlons, garden games, and laurel wreaths for all.

A photo from our archives: Green Olympic heros of ages past…

Spring Peeper ‘Hunt’

Jeepers, creepers, come and find some peepers.

Join us this coming Saturday, May 5th at 7:30pm for our Annual Spring Peeper ‘Hunt’.
You may be asking, “What’s a peeper?” (a small tree frog)
Or you may be asking, “What’s a henway?” (about 3 pounds).

Our ‘hunt’ will be through a rough, boggy, wetland area with many shrubs, downed branches, mud and water. The trip itself is an adventure so wear boots and warm, old clothes and don’t expect a cleared nature trail or path. And very importantly, bring flashlights!!!

We’ll fill you in on more details, i.e. ‘hunting’ techniques, when we meet at camp to begin our amphibious journey.

Saturday, May 5th. 7:30-9pm
307 Hungry Hollow Road Chestnut Ridge NY 10977

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