Entries by Daniel

Autumn Olive Abounds

Wild food forager Paul Tappenden gives some tips for foraging autumn olive, and provides some photos for preparation inspiration… Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) is an “invasive” plant that originates from the far east. In the US they are escapees that have made themselves at home in the Northeast and other parts of the country. The berries (not actually […]

The Root Drinker

Chuck Stead, our beloved camp storyteller, shares a peak into a character with a mysterious, muddy method of self-preservation… About a year after my grandfather passed, it was observed that I had become a sullen and moody soul. Apparently, I was still waiting for him to return. My dad, Walt, started to take me on […]

Local Fall Events

25th Annual Hungry Hollow Co-op Harvest Festival When: Saturday, September 22nd, 11 am – 4 pm *rain or shine* Where: The Hungry Hollow Co-op Market @ 841 Chestnut Ridge Road, Chestnut Ridge NY 10977 Join us at the co-op’s annual celebration of farmers and local food producers, featuring live music, grilled local food, organic cotton candy […]

The Traveler and the Cook

Our cooking instructor, Eva Szigeti, introduces her new series in The Dirt, writes about a breathtaking blueberry farm, and shares a recipe for a frozen blueberry treat… Who doesn’t sometimes dream about faraway places, thrilling escapes, change and new experiences, about being a stranger in a welcoming place? Most of us probably do here and […]

Call for Submissions!

Do you like nature? Do you like to write, paint, or take photographs? Have you always wanted to share some of your writing, art, etc.? We’re calling upon folks of all ages (we’d especially love to receive submissions from our campers!) to help The Dirt evolve into an active forum for those who make up our community. If […]

Waste Not, Want Not…

Ayla Dunn Bieber kicks of this year’s Sustainability Scoop series by diving in to the topic of food waste… For me, September brings a sharpened focus that rides in with the crisp autumn air. Our out-breath of summer has begun to shift and we can commit (or re-commit) to what we would like to incorporate into […]

Ed’s Corner

If you’re receiving our blog for the first time, welcome! To those who are long-time readers, welcome back. In each issue of our monthly newsletter (which we also post hear on our blog) you’ll hear from interesting contributors (familiar faces from camp), learn of goings-on in and around our community, and get ideas and inspiration […]

Week Six at Camp

We closed the 33rd year of The Nature Pace on a good weather note, unlike the beginning of the week when scattered thunderstorms and drenching downpours graced us at camp. Thursday night, the night of our Remembering Summer Slideshow, was beautiful, with a gentle breeze and clear skies. It felt like maybe, just maybe the […]

Week Five at Camp

It’s hard to believe we have one week of camp left at The Nature Place this summer! Time really does fly when we’re having fun. What a week for weather we had! Torrential storms made for an interesting, wet 5th week of camp, but our good spirits, the hard work of activity leaders, the camping […]

Week Three at Camp

The weather this past week at camp has been just beautiful! Temperatures were in the low 80’s and the air was dry, with crisp, cool mornings. These finest of summer days were possible after Tuesday’s dark, intense rainstorm, complete with plenty of thunder and lightening. The gorgeous days since have been so perfect for time spent outdoors, […]