COVID-19: We’re Here for You

As we continue to look ahead and plan for Summer 2020, we hope to provide you with some resources to help bring magic and nature to your home until then! This page also serves as a repository for updates on our handling of COVID-19.

Activities and Resources

Nature Place’s Free Virtual Offerings!

We’re excited to bring a slice of summer into your home this spring! Music on Mondays🎸, Art on Wednesdays🎨, Outdoor Skillz on Thursdays🔥, and Cooking on Fridays🍝!

All offerings are live form 3:30-4 PM, with the exception of Outdoor Skillz, which is pre-recorded.

If you didn’t receive our sign-up email but are interested in registering your child, just shoot us an email at camp@thenatureplace.com.

DIY Toothpaste & Deodorant

Zero Waste Toothpaste Recipe:
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 1/2 tablespoons baking soda
25-30 drops organic food-grade peppermint essential oil
Mix all three ingredients in an old glass jar with a lid (about 4 ounce size works well)

Recipe by Lauren Singer of Trash is for Tossers and Package Free Shop

Zero Waste Deodorant Recipe:
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons corn starch
A dash of essential oil

Recipe by Emma Ross Instagram: mamalinauk

DIY Toothpaste & Deodorant from thenatureplace on Vimeo.

Dig into THE Magazine for Quarantine! The Dirt Magazine Vernal Equinox Issue with DIY projects, a coloring page, outdoor activities, and more!

Ed Bieber’s book: What Color is the Wind

A feel guide to the out-of-doors for parents with young children, is based on over 40 years of Ed’s work (and play!) with many thousands of children. This book is an inspired collection of wonder, exploration and discovery.

Now at a reduced rate to serve your family during this time of social distancing! $10

Explore The Dirt Magazine: Winter Solstice Issue for hikes, recipes, kids’ activities, and more!


Billing Update and Summer Plans | 4.28.2020

Dear camp families,

I hope you are keeping your spirits up and staying well. I’m writing to give an update about billing for this coming summer, and to provide a projected timeline for decisions about the summer in general.

Key dates:

Now: Tuition payments had been paused until May 1st. We’re now extending that pause until June 1st.

May 15th: We will all get an update from the state on the status of NY State on PAUSE. If the order is extended, it’s possible that camp could still open on time, on June 29th (with clear, new safety guidelines from the CDC and our accrediting organization), depending on when the order is extended until. Therefore, we will likely not make any decisions about camp’s opening at this time, unless the directive is explicit one way or the other.

June 1st: We will reach out again shortly before June 1st to either extend our billing moratorium or, if it’s been determined that we can run camp, to confirm our intent to process your payments due.

June 15th: If by June 15th it looks like our state and county will remain shutdown, we will plan to launch our virtual camp beginning on June 29th. Depending on where the situation stands at that time, we may be able to plan to safely open camp later in the summer for a shortened, but in-person, camp season.

July 1st: If things haven’t changed by July 1st, we foresee calling off any possibility of in-person camp for this summer.

We’re doing our best to offer a timeline for what to expect regarding camp, but in truth, we can’t predict how things will change over the coming weeks, and the above dates may need to be revised.

In the meantime, we’ll be preparing for camp to happen: in-person, virtually, or some combination of the two.

As we make decisions about camp, we’ll be in touch with options for the tuition you’ve already paid, including a timeline for refunds or credit.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation! Summer 2020 is our 35th year operating camp, and it’s turning out to be a season we’ll never forget, however it plays out.

With gratitude for our camp community,


Camp in the Time of Coronavirus: Our Path Forward | 4.4.2020

Dear Nature Place Friends and Family,

During these uncertain and trying times, I find myself yearning for the feeling of summer at The Nature Place: campers marching into our office proudly holding up the troll they found; shouts and laughter of swimmers at the pond; the glow of evening fireflies lighting up the field on an onsite overnight; witnessing campers realize they can truly be themselves. I can guess that your family is feeling like mine, in need of joyful immersion and play in nature, connection with others, a sense of belonging and togetherness.

We are currently three months away from the beginning of our 35th summer at The Nature Place. We and our fellow accredited camp directors are hopeful that with time on our side, camp will be open as expected. We’re planning, hiring, enrolling, and getting ready for camp, with consideration for the new challenges a post-coronavirus summer may present. How rejuvenating it will be for us all to be together this summer!

And yet we are aware that the situation in our world is changing by the day. The health and safety of our campers and staff is what drives all of our decisions at camp. Please trust that we will continue to hold your children’s well-being as our guiding principle, and will only operate camp if we can do so responsibly. Therefore, our current path forward is this:

  • We have suspended all payments after your deposit until May 1st. We will reevaluate the situation shortly before that date.
  • While we are planning for camp, we are also preparing for other potential scenarios that might occur. Right now we can imagine three possible outcomes: camp happens in full as expected (yay!), camp happens differently and not in-person (with online offerings), or camp happens in-person but for a shorter period of time than what is currently planned.
  • In the event that camp cannot happen as planned, we will make clear what your various options are for tuition you’ve already paid us (credit for next summer, refund, some of your payment going toward online offerings if desired). Whatever this summer looks like, please know that we will be transparent and responsible and do what is right by our camp families.

We want to be here for you during this time, and are inspired to contribute what we can to our collective sense of balance. If you’re finding yourself in need of fresh resources, our COVID-19 resource page (found in the top left of our website) includes ideas, projects, and activities for families. We’ll also be sharing experiences and tips on our blog, Instagram, and Facebook.

We’re excited to announce that we will soon be launching weekly activities for your children to enjoy via Zoom! Think music, cooking, outdoor skillz and more. Keep an eye on your inbox for updates about upcoming offerings.

For now, please stay healthy, and don’t let camp be a source of worry. We’ll stay in communication with you regarding any important decisions about this summer, and we’ll also stay in touch just to keep you, our camp community, connected. Please reach out with any questions you might have.

With love and hope,

Daniel (and Ayla, Scott, Ed, Emily, Mia, and the rest of your Nature Place family)

Finances/Questions About Camp Tuition | 3.24.2020

To provide some peace of mind during this time of uncertainty and also to relieve some of the financial burdens we know many may be feeling, we are suspending billing until May 1st, after your deposit has been paid.

Introducing Virtual Camp Tours | 3.20.2020

In order to comply with the Governer’s orders that all non-essential business’ employees work from home, and to do our part to keep the spread of COVID-19 as low as possible, we are now offering virtual chats in place of our in-person camp tours.

Adapting Our Upcoming Events | 3.19.2020


As a follow-up to our last communication, and as the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we are adapting our Upcoming Events Calendar through April 15th. Though this includes the suspension of most programming, we’re offering alternative ways to enjoy elements of at least a few of the programs!

Changes are as follows:

March 21 | Guided Family Day Hike | Canceled

March 22 and April 4 | Earth Living Skills for Adults, Families, and Children | Canceled

March 22 | Earth Art Free Public Program | Canceled, but: Stay tuned for our upcoming Dirt Magazine, which will include an Earth Art project you can do at home with your family

March 23 | Community ExChange – DIY Toothpaste and Deodorant | Canceled in person, but: Follow us on Instagram @thenatureplacedaycamp, where we will be posting content from the would-be workshop!

March 28 | Camp Fair – Tribeca | Canceled, but: If you’d like to chat with us and learn more about camp, click here to schedule a ‘Virtual Camp Fair Visit’ via Zoom chat!

As we continue to navigate these challenging times together, we will update you regularly.

Wishing you and yours safety and strength!
Your Nature Place Family

A Message From Your Nature Place Family | 3.13.2020

Dear Friends,

In light of our current collective reality, we are connecting with you to let you know that we are thinking of you and your families, our responsibilities as an institution, and our commitment to best serving our camp community.

Like you, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation as we continue to look ahead and plan for Summer 2020. We are staying in close communication with our accrediting body, The American Camping Association, as well as the Rockland County and NYS Health Departments. We will keep you abreast of any and all updates as we move forward.

In times of uncertainty, when our lives are affected by things beyond our control, the balance and stability that nature offers can be reassuring and healing. If you have access and opportunity to safely draw from the wellspring of groundedness that connecting with the natural world provides, we hope you can.

As we navigate the coming weeks, may we all be more conscious than ever of how thoroughly we are connected, and of how we can role-model for our children deep empathy, discernment, and responsibility for one another during these times.

Wishing you safety and peace,

Your Nature Place Family