Warm, beautiful summer

The summer camp season that just finished was especially memorable. Maybe it was the general, contagious feeling of belonging that spread to everyone at camp – good spirited, relaxed, engaged; maybe it was Banana week, maybe this season had great hikes and camping trips/garden programming/swim instruction/art projects, etc…. likely many of the summer’s good memories are due to the truly exceptional staff that graced us with their constant care and presence.

Below are a few of the kind, descriptive words that parents shared with us this summer.

She has come home saying things like, “I love snap peas!”

Everyone is patient, kind and present. One of the best parts is that all the counselors and staff seem to be enjoying themselves.

…the non-stop chatter, the bright eyes, the scraped knees, the tangled birds nest hair, the grubby shorts and the spoils of nature with which they returned – herbed salt, harvested garlic, tie-dyed t-shirts, dream catchers and so on.

I immediately noticed a lovely and relaxed aura around him since he started camp and it has definitely added to his sense of wonder in the world.

I am convinced that this camp will make a difference in her life forever.

I wanted to let you know that all 3 of my children had a beautiful first experience at The Nature Place. They came home happy, peaceful and full of new knowledge that they wanted to share with me. I love that they come home energized rather than over-stimulated and irritable from a long day.

Camp is technically over but soon my oldest child will be assessing camping gear, planning on days to do trail work with friends and looking at all of the fossils, minerals, and stones he’s collected. My younger one will wear her tye-died shirt, sing “Mellow, Yellow” ad-nauseam and show her friends how to do some of the string art she learned. Eventually, they both will ask how many days until camp starts? And so the annual countdown begins.


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"It's still hungry... and I've been stuffing worms into it all day."

“It’s still hungry… and I’ve been stuffing worms into it all day.”

Three Photos from Week Six!


Mud Person

Round and round

Week 5!

Face Paint Making Spoons


Just the smallest of samplings…

A small sampling of photos from Week Three!

Mucking In the Garden Sailing the River Learning about life on the river

Some Photographs from our Second Week of Camp


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A few photographs from our first week of camp!

Art! Group F's Room Iguana! Turning into Butterflies

Up at the Farm

Camp Begins!

Our Staff Orientation week has come to an anticipatory close. We’ve learned, played and connected, and have spent five days immersed in the ins and outs, nuts and bolts, and overarching purpose of The Nature Place Day Camp – connecting with ourselves, with others, and the earth! Tomorrow it all begins, another summer full of wish, wonder, and surprise. IMG_0756 IMG_0793 IMG_0794 IMG_0834 IMG_7699 IMG_7750

Maple Sugaring was Sweet

We had a terrific time tapping trees at our maple sugaring program! The sap was flowing (the cold weather gave us a slow, steady drip), the outside fire boiling our sap provided a welcomed break from the cold, and the pairing of hot syrup on ice alongside a dill pickle was a delectable match made in maple heaven.

Danny DeVito

This song is one of these odd, beautiful things that comes out of The Nature Place Day Camp. Be sure to share it with your camper, and be prepared for them to sing along! Composing credit goes to Colin, Peter, Alex, and Snoopy.

This version comes to us from camper Brian Louis and his dad, Scott, accompanying him on guitar.