NYC Camp Fairs This Weekend

Come see us on the Upper East Side, at St. Jean Baptiste High School, this Saturday between Noon and 3 pm, or on Sunday on the Upper West Side, at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, also between Noon and 3 pm.

When you visit The Nature Place at a camp fair it’s sort of like we’re bringing a slice of our Open House to you, in your neighborhood. We (usually Scott and Daniel) will be at our Nature Place table, speaking to inquiring families about camp and answering questions. You’ll know it’s us by the large earth art city-stump, wooden photo trifold, and general down-to earth vibe.


We won’t have a snake skin that’s as cool as the one in this picture, but you’ll get to hear about camp, and about fun moments like the one in this photograph.

Open House and Apple Pressing

Join The Nature Place for our autumn open house on Saturday, October 24th, between 1 and 4 pm. Stop by any time to take a tour of camp (the leaves should still be beautiful!), learn what we do during summertime, and why we do it (non-competitive or cooperative games and hands-on play and learning in nature), meet us face-to-face, and really get a feel for how things are at The Nature Place.

Arrive right at 1 pm to help us press apples into apple cider! Want to know what fall tastes like? Just drink some apple cider. Fresh-pressed apple cider brings the crunch of fall leaves, the smell of ripe pumpkins, and the chilly autumn air right to your taste buds in one sip. We’ll need able hands to toss apples in our hopper, spin the grinding wheel as we crush apples, and help turn the press to squeeze our juice out.

Apple Pressing

Our autumn house and apple pressing event will both take place at 307 Hungry Hollow Road in Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977. 

May 9th Open House

Join us for our penultimate open house – spring has sprung (right into summer), camp is beginning to bloom, and we’ll be here to answer all your camp questions, show you where we swim, garden, eat lunch, and do all that we do at The Nature Place Day Camp.

Stop by anytime between 1 and 4 pm. 307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977.


Spring Peepers

Preview the sound of spring peepers!

On Saturday, May 2nd, beginning at 7:30 pm, The Nature Place will lead intrepid explorers on a ‘hunt’ for spring peepers, tiny frogs we’ll locate using our keen ears, eyes, and still-hunting abilities.


This event often involves some swampy wading, so a good pair of rubber boots is recommended. We also recommend you come wearing clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or wet, and bring a flashlight. No nets or other ‘hunting’ gear is required, all we’ll use are our ears, and if we’re lucky, our gentle hands to pick up a small spring peeper. Families working together (parents helping) children is a must for this event.

We’ll meet at the Green Meadow Waldorf School, 307 Hungry Hollow Road in Chestnut Ridge NY, 10977 at 7:30 pm, from where we’ll caravan together to our special spring peeper pond.

Please call 845-356-6477 with any questions. This event will put the spring in your step!

Open House

Join us for our open house on Sunday, April 12th, between 1 and 4 pm, on the grounds of the Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977.

Come by to learn what puts the nature in The Nature Place, to ask questions about camp, and to find out what we do, and why.

Call 845-356-6477 for questions or directions.




Outragehisss Pets and Open House

On Saturday, March 28th, The Nature Place hosts Outragehisss pets from Noon to 1 pm, in the Arts Building music room at Green Meadow Waldorf School – 307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977.

Join us for a wild and woolly animal program, and stick around for our camp open house, between 1 and 4 pm.

See you then!


Open House this Sunday, March 15th

Stop by The Nature Place any time between 1 and 4 pm this Sunday, March 15th to learn more about camp! After a rainy day Saturday we might even spot the first crocus of spring reaching toward Sunday’s sunshine from under the melting blanket of snow.

Open House this Sunday

Join us at our open house this Sunday, February 15th. Stop by any time between 1 and 4 pm to speak with us about camp, go on a tour (we’ll be sure to visit the warm garden greenhouse for a respite from the cold), and to learn more about The Nature Place Day Camp.

Hiking in Harriman last summer

Hiking in Harriman last summer

Upcoming Camp Fairs in NYC

Come see us at one of our camp fairs in Manhattan and Brooklyn this coming weekend, February 7th and 8th!

On Saturday we’ll be at the Bank Street School, 610 West 112th Street in Manhattan, between Noon and 3 pm.

Saturday you can also come see us in Brooklyn, at PS 321’s Summer Camp Expo, between 2 and 5 pm. The address is 180 7th Avenue, between 1st and 2nd Streets in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

On Sunday you can find us again in Brooklyn, this time in Cobble Hill at the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, 9 Bergen Street, between Boerum Place and Court Street, between Noon and 3 pm.




Winter Tales with Chuck Stead

What is the Secret of Snow Plow Hill?

Join The Nature Place this Saturday, January 17th, from Noon – 1 pm, as we listen to Chuck Stead’s winter tales.

We’ll meet downstairs in the lower school music room of Green Meadow Waldorf School, 307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY, 10977.