Maple Sugaring

We had a great time!

Here are a few photos:

listening for sap

drilling the hole

tasting sap

Ed’s Book

What Color is The Wind? is a feel-guide to the out-of-doors for parents with young children. Go to to learn more or get yourself a copy!

Nurturing Resilience

A parent just forwarded this great article to us, and we had to pass it along:

Nurturing Resilience
Raising children to be competent and caring.
by Michael Ungar, Ph.D.

Summer Camps Make Kids Resilient
Sending children to a residential, or day camp, builds resilience
Published on February 5, 2012 by Michael Ungar, Ph.D. in Nurturing Resilience
I recently spoke to 300 camp directors about how to make children more resilient to life stress. Summer camps, we discovered, are perfect places to help children optimize their psychosocial development.

After all, summer camps are places where children get the experiences they need to bolster their range of coping strategies. There are the simple challenges keep reading…

Saving the Delaware

Following up on last month’s article, it looks as if public outcry, pressure, petitioning and action have paid off. The four-state Delaware River Basin Commision cancelled it’s November 21st scheduled vote on Hydraulic Fracturing for natural gas in the Delaware River watershed.

For those of us who love the river and feel the importance of preserving our clean water and land it was great news! Unfortunately, the doors to the gas companies are not yet closed, as each state has the right to make it’s own regulations.

Decisions are still being made in New York and New Jersey. In New York there is a movement to contact Governor Cuomo and urge him to prohibit fracking.

In New Jersey there is a push to encourage state representatives to override Governor Christie’s veto of a bill that the legislature already passed banning fracking.

riding the Delaware

The Delaware River is an integral part of The Nature Place Day Camp’s outdoor programming. If you would like to learn more about the issue in general visit savethedelaware.

Save the Delaware River

We usually don’t get political. But when it involves the environment, and more specifically, an environment that is near and dear to us, we must. keep reading…

Chef Yoko’s Recipes

Yoko Cooking

Chef Yoko’s recipes from this past summer are now available for your palette’s pleasure!
Visit the Cooking activity page of our website, where we’ve made Yoko’s recipes from summer 2011 available as a PDF.

Letting go of summer

peeking into the earth

Before we let go of summer completely and immerse ourselves in September and autumn, we would like to share with you some of the feedback received from parents about their children’s experience this past summer at The Nature Place:

“We have seen our child mature and grow so much this summer. He has obviously been challenged while feeling safe and accepted. For this we are so grateful.”

“Thanks to all of you for your enthusiasm, patience and kindness. keep reading…

The Top 10 Reasons (wink, wink) to be at The Nature Place


10.  Everybody has to be someplace.
9.  The 3 administrators sound like a law firm:  Bieber, Bieber and Dunn
8.  To hear, once again, the old pun when talking about our beloved storyteller, “Do you know Chuck Stead?” “No, I didn’t know he was sick.”
7.  To discover why a camper or two each year go keep reading…

Weekly Themes

Announcing this Summer’s weekly themes!

Stump Art. Trees are perfect for any weekly theme, but especially Reach Up! week.

Each week at camp has its own theme. Weekly themes are a fun way to create connections between the various activities we have at camp, and to set each week into a contextual whole. Weekly themes are manifested through our morning skits, our daily songs and many of our activities.

The themes for this year are…(drum roll please):

Week 1  –  Taking Care

Week 2  –  Winter in Summer

Week 3  –  What “Bugs” You?

Week 4  –  Why Did the Chicken Cross the Camp?

Week 5  –  Reach Up

Week 6  –  What! and Why?

Spring Fever

A curious cow at Duryea Farm

A curious cow at Duryea Farm

After this very long Winter we are all looking forward to Spring and its promises: growth, fresh scents, green, longer daylight, chirping birds, renewal, warmer breezes and climbing temperatures. This is also the time for another temperature rise, at least metaphorically, within us – Spring Fever! We are all familiar with its symptoms: hard to sit still; long gazes out the window; an overwhelming need to get outdoors, even for just a few minutes; the reassuring comfort of knowing once again that the world is a warm and good place.
Some people, when they develop a real fever, take medication to relieve or to bring down the fever. Others let the fever run its course and believe that a fever is the body’s way of really dealing with the infection, illness or whatever is the cause of the rise in body temperature.

There is nothing we can take over-the-counter or by prescription that will help this Spring fever (and we wouldn’t want to). We have to follow the second course of action as described above – recognize it, live with it, it’s there for a reason. Spring fever is there to heighten our senses, to get us outside and moving, to wonder and wander with our children, to feel a part of the natural world.

Go out. Say ‘Yes’. Give in to that fever!