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Sheep and Wool Festival, and Camp tours, too!

Sheep and Wool Festival!

When: Sunday, May 28th from 10 am to 4 pm.

Where: 285 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge NY 10977

The Fiber Craft Studio hosts their 7th annual, family-friendly Sheep and Wool Festival! Visitors can engage in hands-on carding, spinning, weaving, felting, knitting and plant dyeing. Featuring fuzzy, approachable sheep, goats, and bunnies; craft vendors and artisans selling natural fiber items; a silent auction; puppet shows; and delicious food! Plant-dyed yarns, fibers, craft kits and clothing patterns produced by the Studio will be sold at the Festival.

Admission is free. A small fee will be charged for the activities. All proceeds from the Festival will benefit the Fiber Craft Studio.

Camp Tours, too!

If you are considering camp for this summer, but have not made it to one of our Open Houses, join us for one of two camp tours at 10:00 am or 12:00 pm on Sunday the 28th. Tours will leave from the Sheep and Wool Festival and will answer all of your burning questions about camp!

We will also be hosting our final Open House of the season on Saturday, June 3rd at 1:00 pm. If you would like to join us, please RSVP to camp@thenatureplace.com. We will meet at the Lower School Building of the Green Meadow Waldorf School–307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge NY. Hope to see you there!

Pfeiffer Center Plant Sale!

The Pfeiffer Center’s Annual Plant Sale will take place this weekend:

Friday, May 19, 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, May 20, 9:00am-5:00pm
(Click here to see schedule of bonus activities offered on Saturday)
Sunday, May 21, 9:00am-3:00pm

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire beautiful, healthy, biodynamically raised bedding plants for your garden. For eating, you will find all your favorite vegetables and many varieties of tomatoes. For seasoning, a huge variety of annual and perennial herbs: everything from Anise Hyssop and Basil to Thyme and Summer Savory. And then there are the flowers! Perennials like Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Yarrow, and more; and annuals from Alyssum and Asters to Sunflowers and Zinnias.

Also available will be the Pfeiffer Center’s own-made teas and salves, Pfeiffer Center Garden Gold Biodynamic Compost, and more!

All proceeds from the plant sale benefit the programs of the Pfeiffer Center.

Click here for more details about the event and plant offerings!

Maple Sugaring at The Nature Place

On a particularly frigid March 4th we tapped maple trees during two sugaring programs. While the cold kept the usual hordes at bay, many brave maple fans came out to learn all about how to tap trees, collect and boil sap, and to enjoy thick, sweet syrup over crushed ice, accompanied by a dill pickle.

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2016 Events, Open Houses, and Camp Fairs

The approaching winter and spring seasons are brimming with open houses, camp fairs, and events at The Nature Place.

Public Programs

Join us at camp for one or all of the events and activities we’re hosting. Attending one of our 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 16th. Noon – 1 pm.  Open House 1 – 4 pm.

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Every Friday at camp Master storyteller Chuck Stead spins funny, poignant, outrageous and true stories of his childhood growing up in the nearby Ramapo Mountains. But 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. Join us for this annual storytelling treat!

 

Outragehisss Pets
Sunday, February 7th. Noon – 1 pm.  Open House 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, if we’re feeling brave. Some animals are soft (chinchillas), some fluffy (long-haired rabbits), rough (armadillos), scaly (snakes), spiky (hedgehogs), but all are exciting! Join us on Sunday, February 7th, for our annual winter animal program. It’s sure to be outragehisss.

 

Maple Sugaring
Saturday, March 5th.

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

138044 CLIFFSIDE PARK, NJ MAPLE SUGARING DEMONSTARTION 2-25-15 Ed and Daniel Bieber of The Nature Place Day Camp demonstrated maple sugaring at the Cliffside Park Public Library on Feb. 25, 2015. KRYSTI SABINS/FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

138044 CLIFFSIDE PARK, NJ MAPLE SUGARING DEMONSTARTION 2-25-15 Ed and Daniel Bieber of The Nature Place Day Camp demonstrated maple sugaring at the Cliffside Park Public Library on Feb. 25, 2015. KRYSTI SABINS/FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

Mighty maple syrup, that aristocrat of 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 their own spouts for tapping as well as clear instructions for making your own maple syrup at home, from your very own tree.

138044 CLIFFSIDE PARK, NJ MAPLE SUGARING DEMONSTARTION 2-25-15 Ed and Daniel Bieber of The Nature Place Day Camp demonstrated maple sugaring at the Cliffside Park Public Library on Feb. 25, 2015. KRYSTI SABINS/FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

138044 CLIFFSIDE PARK, NJ MAPLE SUGARING DEMONSTARTION 2-25-15 Ed and Daniel Bieber of The Nature Place Day Camp demonstrated maple sugaring at the Cliffside Park Public Library on Feb. 25, 2015. KRYSTI SABINS/FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

This event starts inside but then moves outside, so dress for the weather!

 

Wild Edibles with Paul Tappenden
Sunday, April 17th. Noon – 1 pm.  Open house 1 – 4 pm.

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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.

 

Spring Peeper Hunt
Saturday, May 7th. 7:30 – 8:30 pm.

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Hunting spring peepers successfully takes a keen ear, a sharp eye, stealth, and above all, patience. Join The Nature Place as we tromp through the small swamp behind the farm on a search for these tiny sirens of spring. The male frogs emit a loud ‘pee-eep! pee-eep!’, which allows us to echo-locate our targets, carefully treading over hillocks and sunken logs until we are close enough to shine a flashlight on the spring peeper. If we’re lucky, after a minute or two, the frog will start singing again, and we’ll see his vocal sack bulge out as he peeps, like a bubble blown from froggy bubblegum.

This event is in the dark, in a swamp! Please attend in high rubber boots, clothes you don’t mind getting swampy, and a sense of adventure. Flashlights are a must.


Open Houses

Attending one of our open houses is really the best way to learn about and get a true feeling for our camp. You’ll meet us (Ed, Scott, Daniel, and often Elaine and Shaina and others), get a tour of our camp grounds, see a narrated slide show of our summer activities, and come away from your visit with a fuller understanding of what we do and why we do it at The Nature Place Day Camp. All open houses run between 1 and 4 pm (except for March 5th, which is Noon – 2 pm).

Saturday, January 16th
Sunday, February 7th
Sunday, February 21st
Saturday, March 5th
Sunday, March 13
Saturday, April 2nd
Sunday, April 17th
Saturday, May 7th
Sunday, May 15th

Camp Fairs

We attend a total of 10 camp fairs in New York City (Manhattan and Brooklyn) between January and April. A camp fair is basically like us 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.

All camp fairs run between Noon and 3 pm.

Saturday, December 12th – Upper East Side
St. Jean Baptiste High School, 173 E 75th St, New York, NY 10021

Sunday, December 13th – Upper West Side
Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024

Saturday, January 23rd – Upper East Side
St. Jean Baptiste High School, 173 E 75th St, New York, NY 10021

Sunday, January 24th – Upper West Side
Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024

Saturday, January 30th – Williamsburg, BK
Williamsburg Northside Lower School, 299 N 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Sunday, January 31st – Cobble Hill, BK
Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, 185 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Saturday, March 5th – Battery Park City
Asphalt Green, 212 North End Ave, New York, NY 10282

Sunday, March 6th – Park Slope, BK
Berkeley Carroll School, 181 Lincoln Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Saturday, April 9th – Upper East Side
St. Jean Baptiste High School, 173 E 75th St, New York, NY 10021

Sunday, April 10th – Upper West Side
Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024

Events, Open Houses, & Camp Fairs

Beginning after the new year we’ll be hosting public programs for campers and their families, and for anyone else interested in experiencing a ‘taste of camp’ before summer begins.

Winter Tales with Chuck Stead
Saturday, January 17th. Noon – 1 pm.

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Chuck

Chuck Stead is a master storyteller, weaving a web of characters and scenes from his childhood growing up in the nearby Ramapo Mountains. Populated by animals, spirits, mountain people, and more, Chuck’s tales are knee-slapping, laugh-out-loud funny, goose-bump inducing in their poignancy, and enjoyed thoroughly by children and adults alike.

Maple Sugaring
Saturday, February 28th. 10 – 11 am and 2 – 3 pm.

Sap sucker

Sap sucker

Join The Nature Place as we learn all about maple trees and maple syrup, tap our own trees and taste the sap, watch sap boiling over a fire, and then taste freshly made, hot maple syrup over ice (accompanied by a dill pickle, of course). Participants will take home their own spouts, along with instructions on how to tap maple trees and make syrup at home.

This year we’re offering this program twice, once at 10 am and then again at 2 pm. 

Outragehisss Pets
Saturday, March 28th. Noon – 1 pm.

Holding a python

Holding a python

If you like animals, then this program will have you barking, chirping, and roaring with glee. Every summer at camp Outragehisss Pets brings their multitude of animals to The Nature Place, and now you can get your hands furry without waiting until June. Join us for an hour of snakes, spiders, chinchillas, and an array of other surprising animals.

Spring Peeper Hunt
Saturday, May 2nd. 7:30 – 9 pm.

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Peep!

As darkness falls The Nature Place will lead intrepid explorers into the swamp in search of spring peepers – tiny frogs with big voices pealing out into the warm spring air. Using our ears and echo-locating abilities, and equipped with boots, flashlights, and a sense of adventure, we’ll search for spring peepers by following the loud ‘peep!’ of their mating call through the hillocks and brambles of a nearby wetland. Come prepared to have fun and get a little dirty!

 

Open Houses

The best way to learn more about The Nature Place is by coming to an open house. We’ll take you on a tour of camp, give you a full picture of what we do and why we do it, and answer your questions about the ins and outs of camp.

Open Houses are located at Green Meadow Waldorf School, 307 Hungry Hollow Road in Chestnut Ridge, NY, and you can stop by any time between 1 and 4 pm.

Saturday, January 17th
Sunday, February 15th
Saturday, February 28th (this open house runs from 11 am – 2 pm)
Sunday, March 15th
Saturday, March 28th
Sunday, April 12th
Sunday, April 26th
Saturday, May 9th
Sunday, May 24th

 

Camp Fairs

Do you live in Manhattan or Brooklyn and want to find out more about The Nature Place? Come meet us at a camp fair, ask us questions about camp in person, and get a feeling for what we do. All camp fairs run from Noon until 3 pm.

Saturday, December 6th
Upper East Side – St. Jean Baptiste High School
173 East 75th Street

Sunday, December 7th
Upper West Side – Ethical Culture Fieldston School
33 Central Park West

Saturday, January 24th
Upper East Side – St. Jean Baptiste High School
173 East 75th Street

Sunday, January 25th
Upper West Side – Congregation Rodeph Sholom
7 West 83rd Street

Saturday, February 7th
Morningside Heights – Bank Street School
610 West 112th Street

Sunday, February 8th
Cobble Hill – Brooklyn Heights Montessori School
185 Court Street

Saturday, March 7th
Tribeca – Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street

Saturday, March 8th
Park Slope – Berkeley Carroll School
181 Lincoln Place

Saturday, March 28th
Upper East Side – St. Jean Baptiste High School
173 East 73rd Street

Sunday, March 29th
Upper West Side – Congregation Rodeph Sholom
7 West 83rd Street

Cider Pressing Program & Open House

During this fall season our events are all about pressing apples into cider. We made some delicious cider recently at the Hungry Hollow Co-op’s Farmer’s Festival and Green Meadow’s Fall Fair, and will be making our best batch yet (we hope!) at our upcoming pressing program at camp.

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Hunting Spring Peepers

Walking up to the farm on a balmy evening in early May, the night is relatively quiet. The only sound besides our feet on the earth is that of a few drops of water, leftover from rain earlier in the day, dripping from new leaves to the ground beneath them. But as we crest the hill, the farm house and cow pasture at the end of the lane ahead of us, we start to hear them, the raucous singers of spring. ‘Peep…eep…PEEP!..Pee..Peep!’

We get closer, and this nighttime chorus becomes so loud we have to raise our voices in speaking to one another in order to hear ourselves talk. The marshy, wooded little pond next to the farm is a home for spring peepers, the tiniest of vernal vocalists emitting their proportionally LOUD mating calls, attracting froggy partners as well as us curious humans.

Peeper Hunt - Caught in the middle of a peep

Garbed with a good pair of boots, flashlights, and a sense of adventure, we’ll be taking our annual pilgrimage to the citadel of springtime, the peeper pond next to Duryea Farm, on Saturday evening, May 3rd, beginning at 7:30 pm. This event is for children with their parents, as the night is dark, the path is brambly, and ‘hunting’ for spring peepers is an endeavor that requires care, patience, and helpful, watchful eyes.

We’ll meet in front of the lower school at Green Meadow, 307 Hungry Hollow Road, in Chestnut Ridge, NY to begin our adventure.

Adventure into the wild with us on our Spring Peeper Hunt!

Peeper Hunt - Mother and Sons

Play Games! and Open House

Great, galloping, goofy, gratifying games! At The Nature Place we play games that are cooperative rather than competitive, which means we all have fun, play hard, play fair, usually laugh a lot, and everyone gets included. Join us as we play some of the games we love to play at camp.

Stick around for our open house to learn more about the ins and outs of being a camper at The Nature Place.

Saturday, April 19th from 11 am until Noon we’ll be playing games.
Our open house will be after that from 1-4 pm.

307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977.

Play Games!

Events, Open Houses, Camp Fairs

Open Houses
Attend an open house to learn more about The Nature Place. We’ll take a tour across the fairy stream, past the pond, and through the garden as we answer your questions and go over the ins and outs of camp. Want to know what ‘non-competitive and nature-oriented’ actually means? Stop by to find out.

All open houses run from 1-4 pm and are located in the Lower School building of Green Meadow Waldorf School, 307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge NY 10977

Sunday, 4/6
Saturday, 4/19
Saturday, 5/3
Sunday, 5/18
Sunday, 6/1

Events
The free public programs preceding some of our open houses are an opportunity to experience a ‘taste’ of camp firsthand, whether you’re sitting enraptured by Chuck’s winter tales or tromping through the swamp with us hunting spring peepers. Camp families and friends who just can’t wait until summer enthusiastically attend our events, and this often gives prospective families a chance to chat with current camp families about what things are really like at The Nature Place!

Play Games!
Saturday, 4/19. 11am-Noon

Great, galloping, goofy, gratifying games! At The Nature Place we play games that are cooperative rather than competitive, which means we all have fun, play hard, play fair, usually laugh a lot, and everyone gets included. Join us as we play some of the games we love to play at camp.

Spring Peeper Hunt
Saturday, 5/3. 7:30-9pm

Come ‘hunt’ the harbingers of spring with The Nature Place as we tromp through the swamp at dusk, using our ears to find these tiny but very loud frogs. No nets or other ‘hunting’ gear required, only a sharp ear, a quiet footfall, patience, and a decent pair of boots.

Camp Fairs
Our camp fairs in Manhattan and Brooklyn are convenient opportunities for prospective NYC families to meet us and learn more about The Nature Place, right in your neighborhood. We’ll be at a table next to other camps, just keep your eye out for the handmade wooden display and the small rocks we hand out!

All camp fairs run from Noon-3pm

Saturday, 4/5
St. Jean Baptiste HS
173 East 75th Street

Sunday, 4/6
Rodeph Sholom
7 West 83rd Street

Maple Sugaring at Camp

Join us as we tap our maple trees and get sappy. On Saturday, March 1st, from 11 am-12:30 pm we’ll learn all about making maple syrup: tree identification, the tools we use, tapping for and then tasting sap, boiling it over an outdoor fire, and then finally tasting the golden herald of springtime – maple syrup. This event is free, fun, indoors and outdoors, and for children and adults alike. After maple sugaring you can stick around to learn more about camp at our open house, from 1-4pm.

The first drops