Maple Sugaring

Saturday, March 3rd. 10:30am


Join us as we tap trees, collect and boil sap, and taste fresh syrup accompanied by a dill pickle! Participants will take home a spout to tap maple trees in their own backyards.


Maple Syrup

In preparation for our March 3rd maple sugaring program we thought we’d offer some sweet facts and figures to get your sap flowing:


The sugar maple is the New York State tree.
Other maples will yield sap – Norway, silver, red – but their sap is not as sweet as the sugar maple’s. Maples will yield their sap when nights are cold and the days begin to get warmer – this time of year. The warmer days create pressure within the tree which allows the sap to flow out of a hole or wound in the tree. The colder nights create suction within the tree which allows the tree to draw in water and replenish the flow of sap. Maple sugar was once seen as a solution towards ending slavery by providing an alternative to sugar cane. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. Some maple trees have been tapped for their sap every February/March for over 150 years. Maple syrup is made in no other place on earth except here, in northeastern North America.

Outragehisss Pets

Sunday, February 12th. 11:30am

Bank Street Camp Fair

Saturday, February 4th from noon-3pm we’ll be at the Bank Street School (610 West 112th Street). Stop by our booth to learn more about us!

Public Programs

It’s that time of year again!

Immediately preceding an open house, our public programs are a fantastic opportunity for families new to The Nature Place to get a feel for what we do, and for returning campers and their families to start getting excited about the upcoming summer.

Winter Tales with Chuck Stead
Sunday, January 29th. 11:30am


A seasonal favorite, our beloved storyteller will spin tales full of winter, wonder and surprise. Growing up in nearby Hillburn, NY, Chuck is a local treasure whose rich stories paint a picture of an earlier time in Rockland County that is always funny, poignant, and entertaining for all ages.


Outragehisss Pets
Sunday, February 12th. 11:30am
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Ed’s Corner

Have you noticed…

Around the middle of the second week of January there is a distinct change in the daylight. There is a difference in it’s quality and there is more of it towards the end of the day. We are definitely heading toward spring! These changes are felt or internalized by everyone many times at an unconscious level. We only seem to ‘remember’ them consciously when someone makes a remark about the sun now setting after five o’clock, or comments on the different texture of the afternoon light.

January Sky

Because we are a part of nature (in it and from it), it’s not surprising keep reading…

Ice Art

ice art

If the temperature in the evening goes down into the 20’s – and with this kind of warmer, snowless winter – who knows? – try making some ice art. Get a round pie tin and fill it about halfway or less with water. Take it outdoors and add (yes, put into the water) some different leaves, seeds, colorful pieces of litter, anything else you may find that is not too big. Cut a piece of string about 10 inches long and place the two ends of the string into the water so that the looped part is hanging out of the pie tin. Leave outdoors overnight, collect it the next morning and run some warm water over the bottom of the tin. The circular piece of ice should easily slip out of the tin. Using the looped string, hang your ice art outdoors, somewhere where the sun can shine through it. ‘Oohs’ and ‘Ahhs’ are now permissible. Watch how your ice art melts and takes on other shapes and forms. Experiment with small pieces of colored tissue paper in the water for a stained glass-like look.