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Upcoming Fall Events

24th Annual Food and Farmers Festival this weekend

When: Saturday, September 23rd, 11 am – 4 pm

Where: The Hungry Hollow Co-op Market @ 841 Chestnut Ridge Road, Chestnut Ridge NY

Join us at the co-op’s annual celebration of farmers and local food producers, featuring live music, grilled local food, organic cotton candy and popcorn, nature walks, hay rides, cider pressing (with us), and more!

Admission to this fun family event is free and your support of the co-op and local food producers is very much appreciated.

       

Green Meadow’s Fall Fair – Hope to see you there!

 

When: Saturday, October 7th, 10 am to 4 pm

Where: Green Meadow Waldorf School @ 307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge NY

Join us for Green Meadow Waldorf School’s annual Fall Fair. We’ll be there pressing apples into cider and welcoming autumn back into our lives. A wonderful family event with activities for all ages! Stop by any time between 10 am and 4 pm. Additional details can be found here.

See you there!

Our Fall Open House

 

When: Saturday, November 4th, between 1 and 4 PM – by appointment 

Where:  Meet at the Lower School Building @ Green Meadow Waldorf School: 307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge NY

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.

Please email us in advance at camp@thenatureplace.com to set up your appointment.

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!

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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Autumn Open House – Sunday, November 20th

Our autumn open house will take place on Sunday, November 20th, between 1 and 4 pm. Families interested in learning more about The Nature Place can visit us any time during those hours for a tour of camp, a slide show of summers past, and because it’s fall, a chance to press apples into apple cider!

Savoring fresh-pressed cider

Savoring fresh-pressed cider

Open House & Spring Peeper Hunt

Join us this Saturday, May 7th, for our camp open house between 1 and 4 pm. We’ll take you on a tour through the garden, past the pond, and around much of our campus (although not the full 200 acres!). We’ll also show you a slide show of photographs from past summers, hopefully answer all of your camp questions, and you’ll come away from visiting us with a good feeling for how and why we do things at The Nature Place.

Peeper

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can join us this same evening, Saturday, May 7th, at 7:30 pm, for our annual spring peeper hunt. We’ll meet in front of the lower school building at Green Meadow Waldorf School, 307 Hungry Hollow Road in Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Hunting spring peepers successfully takes a keen ear, a sharp eye, stealth, and above all, patience. We’ll 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. This program will be easier for children ages six and older. Attending with younger children is OK, but you might decide to stay along the edge of the swamp.

Wild Edible Walk & Open House

Join The Nature Place this Sunday, April 17th, from Noon – 1 pm, as we’re led through the ripening woods on a wild edible walk, guided by wild food forager Paul Tappenden. We’ll learn to identify a variety of edible spring plants growing wild throughout our Nature Place campus, in what’s predicted to be perfect, 70 degree spring weather.

Stick around afterward for our open house to learn more about camp! Our open house runs between 1 and 4 pm. If you’re unable to attend the wild edibles program before hand you can just stop by anytime between 1 and 4 pm to take a tour of camp, see a slideshow from summers past, and get your camp questions answered.

Our Wild Edible Walk and open house will both meet at 307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977.

Paul Tappenden holding up a burdock leaf

Paul Tappenden holding up a burdock leaf

 

 

Open House this Saturday, April 2nd

Join The Nature Place for our open house this Saturday, April 2nd, any time between 1 and 4 pm. We’ll show you around camp, answer any questions you have about this coming summer, and provide you with an overall picture of what, how, and why we do what we do!

Daffodils, blue bells, and hyacinths are popping up all over our campus, we hope you’ll show up too!

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Open House this Sunday, February 21st

Join The Nature Place at our next open house – Sunday, February 21st, any time between 1 and 4 pm.

We’ll show you the ins and outs of camp, give you a full picture of what we mean when we say ‘non-competitive and nature-oriented’, and share a little of the magic and wonder of a summer at The Nature Place.

Our open house takes place in the lower school building of the Green Meadow Waldorf School, 307 Hungry Hollow Road in Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977.

On top of the world - hiking in Harriman Park last summer

On top of the world – hiking in Harriman Park last summer

Open House, Animal Program, and Camp Fairs this weekend – February 6th and 7th

This upcoming weekend is a busy one for The Nature Place, with plenty of opportunities to meet us and learn more about camp.

On Saturday, February 6th, we’ll be at PS 321 in Park Slope for the school’s annual Camp Expo. Stop by PS 321 (180 7th Avenue, Brooklyn) any time between Noon and 4 pm to meet Scott and Daniel and learn more about The Nature Place Day Camp. This event gets pretty busy, so you might have to search us out (it’s worth it).

On Sunday, February 7th, we’ve cloned ourselves in order to be in three places at once! (No, not really….)

  • From Noon until 1 pm Outragehisss Pets will be at camp (307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977) for our annual winter animal program.
  • Our Open House will begin right after the animal program, running between 1 and 4 pm.
  • If you live in Manhattan, we’ll be at Congregation Rodeph Sholom’s for a camp fair on the Upper West Side, between Noon and 3 pm.
  • If you live in Westchester, we’ll be at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains, 66 Hale Avenue, between Noon and 3 pm.

That’s so many events, you’d be hard pressed to find a way not to meet us this weekend!

Until then

Not the most outrageous of animals...but still very mooving

Not the most outrageous of animals…but still very mooving

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