Open Houses, Programs, & Camp Fairs

The full list of our ‘off-season’ happenings:

Open Houses

Attending an open house is the best way to learn about The Nature Place Day Camp. You’ll meet us (Ed, Scott, Daniel, Ayla, Shaina, Elaine, and others), get a tour of our camp grounds, see a narrated slide show of summer activities, and come away from your visit with a fuller understanding of what we do and why we do it. All open houses are between 1 and 4 pm (except on March 4th, which is Noon – 2 pm), and take place at the Green Meadow Waldorf School – 307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977.

Our autumn open house will take place on Sunday, November 20th. Because it’s fall, besides learning about camp, families will also get to press apples into apple cider!

Savoring fresh-pressed cider

Savoring fresh-pressed cider

Open houses in 2017:

Saturday, January 21st
Sunday, February 5th
Saturday, February 18th
Saturday, March 4th
Sunday, March 19th
Saturday, April 8th
Sunday, April 23rd
Saturday, May 13th


Public Programs

Attending one of our winter/spring programs is a great way for new or inquiring camp families to experience some of what we do at The Nature Place, as well as an opportunity for returning campers to come say ‘Hi!’ to friends and enjoy a sweet taste of summer camp during the off-season.

 

Winter Tales with Chuck Stead
Saturday, January 21st. Noon – 1 pm. Open house afterward from 1 – 4 pm.

chuck

Every Friday at camp master storyteller Chuck Stead spins funny, poignant, outrageous and true stories of his childhood and growing up in the nearby Ramapo Mountains. When the weather turns cold and winter has really set in, Chuck tells us his Winter Tales – stories that sparkle and glimmer like the snow and ice of January.

 

Outragehisss Pets
Saturday, February 18th. Noon – 1 pm. Open house afterward from 1 – 4 pm.

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Each Tuesday and Thursday of our summer camp season Outragehisss Pets brings a menagerie of wild animals to camp for us to learn about, see up close, and even touch or hold. Some animals are soft (chinchillas), some fluffy (fennec foxes), rough (armadillos), scaly (snakes), spiky (hedgehogs), but all are outrageous! Join us on Saturday, February 18th for our annual winter animal program.

 

Maple Sugaring
Saturday, March 4th.

This program happens twice, once from 11 am – Noon, and then again, from 2 – 3 pm. Our Open House this day is between programs, from Noon – 2 pm.

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Mighty maple syrup, that amber aristocrat of all sweets, is a large part of what we call the ‘three M’ time of year – March, Maple, and Mud. Join The Nature Place for our most popular public program (it’s so nice, we do it twice), in the morning beginning at 11 am or in the afternoon, starting at 2 pm.

We’ll learn all about maples trees, discovering what it takes to turn sap into syrup. We’ll then go outside to tap a maple tree, taste the sap that drips out, see it boiling over a fire, and then, conclude our event with the sweet taste of thickened maple syrup over crushed ice, accompanied, of course, by a dill pickle. Participants in this program will take home spouts for tapping as well as clear instructions for making your own maple syrup at home, from your very own tree.

maple-sugaring

 

Wild Edibles with Paul Tappenden
Sunday, April 23rd. Noon – 1 pm. Open house afterwards from 1 – 4 pm.

Paul

Wild food forager Paul Tappenden leads us on a vernal adventure into our environs to discover what’s growing wild and edible in our area. We’ll learn plant names, properties, tastes, uses in cooking, and get an overall feel for a number of plants. Early spring should yield a bounty of tender flora. Join us for a fun, investigative feast from the earth.


Camp Fairs

We attend a total of 11 camp fairs in New York City (Manhattan and Brooklyn) between December and April. A camp fair is basically us bringing a slice of our open house to you, in your neighborhood. We 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 vibe de nature.

All camp fairs run between Noon and 3 pm. 

Saturday, December 10th – Upper East Side
St. Jean Baptiste High School, 173 E 75th St, New York, NY 10021

Sunday, December 11th – Upper West Side
Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024

Saturday, January 28th – Upper East Side
St. Jean Baptiste High School, 173 E 75th St, New York, NY 10021

Sunday, January 29th – Upper West Side
Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024

Saturday, February 4th – Park Slope, BK
Berkeley Carroll School, 181 Lincoln Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Saturday, February 11th – Tribeca
Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007

Sunday, February 12th – Cobble Hill, BK
Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, 185 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Sunday, March 5th – Park Slope, BK
Berkeley Carroll School, 181 Lincoln Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Sunday, March 12th – Cobble Hill, BK
Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, 185 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Saturday, April 1st – Upper East Side
St. Jean Baptiste High School, 173 E 75th St, New York, NY 10021

Sunday, April 2nd – Upper West Side
Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024

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