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Outragehisss Pets

Saturday, February 1st. 11 am – Noon

Outragehisss Pets will bring us eight wild, woolly, mythical and magical animals on February 1st for our free public program. The best part is that all of these animals are real, and we can even touch them!

Our guests:
Sugar glider
blue and gold macaw
tree frog
spur thigh tortoise
nine-banded armadillo
leopard gecko
Burmese python

Stick around afterward for our open house to learn more about camp.

African Bull Frog

Arctic Fox


Winter Tales with Chuck Stead

Saturday, January 18th. 11 am – Noon

Somehow Chuck manages to get better every year. Maybe it’s his continued work with the Ramapough Lenape to clean up tons of paint sludge dumped by the Ford Motor Company that gives him even more poignant fodder for his craft. Maybe it’s his triumph, again and again, over health challenges that have felled many lesser men. Or maybe it’s simply the marination of a creative mind in time, the years adding gravity and hilarity to stories that are truer than life itself.


Join us on January 18th as our beloved Nature Place storyteller Chuck Stead spins tales of winter, wonder, and surprise. Rooted in Rockland County’s Ramapo Mountains, Chuck’s stories range from hilarious to heartbreaking, filled with detail and imagery that enrapture children and adults alike. A true master of his craft, Chuck is a force not to be missed.

Stick around afterward for our open house to learn more about camp!


Open House & Garden Party

Our next (and last!) open house is Saturday, June 1 from 1-4pm. Stop by 307 Hungry Hollow Road to take a tour, ask questions, and learn more about camp. Before our open house, from 11am-Noon, we’ll be partying in the garden! Specifically, in the Pfeiffer Garden across from 285 Hungry Hollow Road. Join The Nature Place as we plant, harvest, weed, learn, and eat! Green thumbs and thumbs yearning to be green are welcomed alike.

Garden gate


Open House

Our next open house is Sunday, May 19th, from 1-4pm. Stop by to take a tour, ask questions, and learn more about camp!


Events & Open Houses

Here’s what’s happening at The Nature Place! Informative open houses and camp fairs, and fun and free events for the whole family:

Open Houses
Our open houses are the best way to learn about The Nature Place Day Camp & Farm and Garden Days. We’ll take you on a tour of our camp grounds, watch a slide show of images from summers past, and answer any and all questions about enrollment, programming, safety, transportation, staff, etc.

All open houses run from 1-4pm, and take place at Green Meadow Waldorf School (307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge NY 10977)

Sunday, May 19th
Saturday, June 1st

Our events are fun, free, hands-on public programs for the whole family, and usually precede an open house. Geared towards prospective families and current campers alike, a Nature Place event is a great way to experience first-hand what we do.

Garden Party

Saturday, June 1st, 11am-Noon

Let’s have a party in the garden! The Nature Place will provide refreshments, but we’ll need willing workers, tasters, planters, weeders, and anyone with a green thumb (or maybe a thumb that just yearns to be green).

Partying in the garden

This event will be followed by an open house, from 1-4pm.