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Summer 2020

Camp is on! If you are interested in sending a child to camp this summer, please read all of the details below.

We are so excited to be running our 35th summer of The Nature Place Day Camp! Camp is going to look very different this summer, and participation will come with an inherent amount of risk. We will need to partner with every family who comes on board to ensure that camp is as safe as possible for all involved. If you’re interested in enrolling your child for this summer, please read every detail below to decide whether camp at The Nature Place is right for your family.

In choosing camp for your child this summer, you are embracing a wonderful and needed juxtaposition from what most children have been experiencing the past few months! This summer will be filled with interpersonal connection, fresh air, adventure, comradery, awe-inspiring nature, mentoring relationships, and so much more that is needed like never before.

New 2020 Dates:

July 13th to August 14th (5 weeks of The Nature Place Day Camp)

More Details About Dates

Because we just received the guidelines this past week, and understanding the full scope of what will need to be done in order to prepare to facilitate a safe summer, we need to postpone and adjust the dates of camp.

Due to the postponement, we will be operating a 5 week season, as facility and staffing availability preclude us from extending beyond the 14th of August. We’re very sorry to have to cut our programming a week short, but we are also grateful to be able to offer anything at all! In light of this shift, we will regretfully not be able to offer our Additional Offerings this summer (Farm & Garden Days, Art & Earth, Music & Movement, and Passages).

Enrollment Requirements:

For Summer 2020, all campers who attend camp must be enrolled for ALL 5 weeks of camp.*

More Details About Enrollment

The State Guidelines mandate that camp operators “ensure employee and children/camper groupings are as static as possible by having the same group of children/campers stay with the same staff whenever and wherever possible.” This is to ensure that a ‘pod’ is created (more on this below), which can act as a family unit/household, where contact can be traced and the number of contacts is limited.

In light of this mandate, we have to change our enrollment policy for this summer, as our prior flexibility would create far too much changeover within groups on a weekly basis. All campers who attend camp will attend for all 5 weeks. This will ensure that we have the same children in every group for the entire summer, creating the most static groupings with the least amount of risk.

Additionally, spots at camp will be very limited compared to a typical summer. The guidelines state that each group/pod cannot exceed the cozy limit of 10 campers. Again, this greatly mitigates risk, and ensures a manageable group size in light of new protocols and procedures.

If you’ve already enrolled and would like to join us for the 5 weeks this summer, please “re-apply” as there are a number of changes that need to be agreed to and signed off on.

*If you would like to send your child for less than the full 5 weeks due to a scheduling conflict, we can accommodate your child for any amount of consecutive weeks beginning on July 13th, but must charge you for the full 5 weeks, as we will not be able to put a new camper in your child’s spot after your child departs.

Age Requirements:

This year, our program will be best suited for campers ages 6 to 15.

More Details About Our Age Requirement

Again, in order to adhere to the State Guidelines, we find ourselves in the position of having to adjust our age range for this summer. We have to modify our programming for our oldest campers (more on programming below), and the guidelines impose certain measures we feel will be impractical to uphold with our youngest campers. 

If you have a special circumstance that you’d like to discuss around this, please feel free to contact us.

Transportation Option:

We will be offering very limited transportation, from Manhattan only.

More Details About Our Transportation Option

The State Guidelines outline that the distance between campers on a bus must be maximized through a spaced and staggered seating arrangement, therefore limiting the amount of passengers that can be accommodated on each bus. We will be using the largest bus size available, and seating 9-10 campers on each bus. This gives us very limited capacity in comparison to a typical summer.

Additionally, in order to limit the length of time campers and staff spend on the bus, we will be busing from limited areas, likely the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Midtown, and Chelsea. We know that many families from NYC were prepared to drive their children to and from camp if we were unable to offer any transportation. We definitely encourage and appreciate anyone who can do so, freeing up spots on the bus for those who don’t have that option!

Due to the limits on how many campers we can put on a bus, and the fact that we can contract only the largest (and therefore most expensive) buses, we need to slightly increase the price of our tuition from Manhattan (if you choose the busing option). Please see below for updated pricing information.

Please also see the Protocols section below for bus safety protocols.

We will be in touch with further information on stops, timing, and all those good details, for those who are interested in this option.

Tuition:

Tuition for all 5 weeks of camp will be $5,000.
With busing from Manhattan, tuition will be $6750.

More Details About Summer 2020 Tuition

As mentioned above, our enrollment this summer will be limited, and we’ll only be able to serve about half the number of campers as we would in a typical summer. Despite this, our operating costs and overhead remain nearly the same. After crunching the numbers in every possible way, we’ve come to the difficult conclusion that we simply cannot offer camp this summer without slightly increasing our tuition. In no way are we attempting to make up the difference between a normal summer and this modified summer, but rather to simply make it possible for us to run at all. We know this is a difficult time for everyone and that finances may be anything but fluid this year, so raising our price is the last thing we want to do. Again, it ultimately comes down to us either offering camp at this new price, or not offering camp at all. We really hope that this increase will not be unduly burdensome and hope that our camp families understand the difficult reality we are up against.

Because of the financial tightrope we’ll be walking this summer, our usual discounts will not be available (this includes our sibling, early bird, and referral discounts).

Please note that due to the extraordinary nature of this summer, we will not issue refunds or credits for any camp time missed. This includes camp missed due to illness, any precautionary quarantine, or due to any partial or full closure of camp due to COVID-19.

Our Program! THE FUN PART:

We’re SO excited about the programming we’ve been cooking up to offer during this most unique summer! Since all campers will be with us for all 5 weeks, we can do some amazing longer-term-project-based activities that we’ve never been able to do before, as well as provide even more deep and lasting skill-building for each and every camper!

More Details About Our 2020 Programming

Welcome to Camp! All of these important details you’ve read and the protocols you’ll read will enable us to do what we are here to do! And that’s to facilitate a magical, safe, and nurturing environment where campers can find rejuvenation and the thrill of being alive in this world, after months of screentime, isolation, Zoom, and cooped-up-ness! Where children can find their place in nature once again, embrace their unique selves, grow relationships and hone new life skills IRL, build resilience, and be inspired throughout.

Here are just a few of the many ways we’ll help campers accomplish these goals this summer:

A BRAND NEW High Ropes Element! ᛫ Making Art Installations ᛫ Farm and Animal time! ᛫ Clay Projects ᛫ Baby Chicks! ᛫ Swimming ᛫ Garden Goodness ᛫ Immersive Outdoor Skills Projects ᛫ Summer-long Theatrical Productions! ᛫ Archery and Archery Games ᛫ Drumming ᛫ Climbing  ᛫ Group Initiatives and Team-Building ᛫ Summer-Long Individual and Group Projects ᛫ New Games! ᛫ Worm Charming! ᛫ Eagle Eye ᛫ Cooking ᛫ Adventurous Day Hikes ᛫ Extreme Mucking! ᛫ Trolls Galore ᛫ Orienteering! ᛫ Waterplay ᛫ Sustainability Projects ᛫ Tie Dye and Plant Dyeing ᛫ Daily Storytime ᛫ Still Hunting ᛫ Onsite Overnights! ᛫ Bubbles and Foam!  Movement ᛫ Foraging ᛫ Fermentation ᛫ Entomology ᛫ Tinkering ᛫ A Camp Newspaper

And so much more!

 

As excited as we are about all of the things we’ll be offering this summer, there a few things that we normally love to do, but which we cannot do this summer: offsite overnights including backpacking and canoeing, Hobby (camp-wide choice period), and formal instructional swim to the extent we usually do.

Our Partnership with You:

As you will read in our Protocols below, we are asking some very specific things of our camp families this summer…

More Details About Our Partnership

…and these are different from what we would ask in a normal summer. In order for camp to be as safe as possible for all involved this summer, we need your cooperative dedication to that goal and to partnering with us on our protocols. We’ll need you to commit to the screening process outlined in our protocols and to the Memorandum of Understanding in our Camper Application. Partnering with you has always been one of the greatest joys of our work, and is also one of the most important elements of a successful summer every summer, and especially now.

COVID-19-Related Protocols:

We’ve linked the State Guidelines for you to refer to as you wish, and ask that you please read the major takeaways/site-specific protocols/implications for our program below:

Read the COVID-19-Related Protocols

  1. Screening
  2. In accordance with the State and CDC guidelines, there will be ongoing screening of all campers and staff throughout the summer. Parents/guardians will be required to monitor, record, and report your child’s temperature and any symptoms for two weeks leading up to opening day. You must also monitor yourself and the other members of your household.

    Once camp begins, we will continue to require parents/guardians to screen their camper(s) for symptoms and take their camper’s temperatures each morning before camp. Campers and staff will also have their temperatures taken by our staff each morning (before entering campus, or boarding camp buses) to further screen for fever.

    Parents/guardians must also continue to monitor themselves and the other members of their household for symptoms throughout the summer.

  3. Group size and ratios
  4. There will be only 10 campers per group. There will be 2 counselors per group. There will be 3 counselors with our youngest groups.

  5. Face coverings
  6. During camp, campers do not need to wear face coverings when outdoors, but will wear face coverings whenever indoors. Each child must wear their own clean face covering when arriving at camp each day, and keep it on through the arrival process. Campers will be able to remove their face coverings once outdoors with their group.

    Any time that employees are less than 6 ft. from each other or interacting with children/campers, they will be required to wear a face covering.

  7. Indoor/Outdoor Time
  8. We will be doing everything outdoors (even more than usual!), weather permitting. The only time campers will be indoors is when they first drop their things off in the AM, and whenever they have to use the bathroom, grab their lunch, or change. In the case of light rain, we will stay outside, wear our raingear, and use canopied/covered outdoor spaces (as we usually do). In the case of severe weather/thunderstorms, we will move programming indoors, and each group will be visited by activity leaders in their respective rooms.

  9. Cohorting and Pods
  10. In it’s Suggestions for Youth and Summer Camps, the CDC recommends the concept of cohorting, which the State has also adopted. In cohorting, pods (a camp group, in our case) are established, which essentially function as households. The campers within a pod do not need to maintain 6-feet of distance from one another when outdoors. Staff, including the counselors of a given pod, must wear face coverings whenever they are interacting with campers. Further, as is true with households, different pods cannot come in contact with one another from closer than 6-feet of distance, and must wear face coverings if doing so. The intention behind keeping pods separate is to reduce and contain any risk of spread of a communicable disease. Having static pods that do not come in direct contact with one another will also allow for the Health Department to perform clear and complete contact tracing in the event that there is a case o COVID-19 at camp. More on contact tracing and quarantining below.

    We will be making numerous adjustments to our operations to ensure that we are following the protocol on cohorting and avoiding intermingling. For example, we will be forgoing Hobby (camp-wide camper choice period) and Before and After Care for this summer, as both of these are predicated on mixing campers from different cohorts. We are determining the feasibility of Morning Share, with a model that would ensure pods are at least 10 feet from one another. You will find other adjustments outlined below in areas such as arrival and dismissal procedures and swim.

  11. Transportation
  12. For daily bus routes and any transportation of a single group off-site: campers, staff, and the driver will be required to wear face coverings for the duration of the ride. Seating will be arranged to ensure the maximum possible distance is maintained between each camper. Windows will be open for constant ventilation (barring inclement weather). Campers will be seated from the rear of the vehicle to the front, to create the maximum possible distance between campers and driver. Campers will sit in the same seats for each day/leg of the trip. Vehicles will be sanitized between trips.

  13. Ventilation and Traffic
  14. All windows and doors will be kept open wherever feasible, to increase ventilation within indoor spaces. Bidirectional traffic will be drastically reduced through a new one-way foot traffic flow that will be instituted around camp and in buildings wherever possible. Tape and signs will denote 6 ft apart spacings for any common areas such as restrooms.

    High traffic times such as arrival and dismissal will be staggered to facilitate social distancing, decrease congestion, and ensure campers from different groups are not coming in direct contact.

  15. Cleaning and Sanitization
  16. Throughout camp, there will be limited sharing of objects (we’ll share in other, less tangible ways!). Each camper will be given their own ‘set’ of ‘materials’ that will be theirs to use over the course summer. We will sanitize any objects that are required to be shared (example: bows and arrows), and will practice proper hand hygiene when handling these objects.

    Hands of all campers and staff will be washed before and after each activity. If not possible at a given location, and for other times during the day, every staff member will also carry hand sanitizer for camper and staff use.

  17. Contact Tracing/Quarantine Measures
  18. In the case of a Camper/Staff Member:

    If a child is exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, they must stay home from camp, and if symptoms present at camp, the child will be isolated and picked up by their parent/guardian immediately. In either scenario, the parent/guardian must then contact their child’s physician. The physician will need to determine whether the child’s symptoms warrant testing. If the physician determines that the child doesn’t need to get tested, they must issue documented clearance so the child may return to camp. If testing is indicated, the child cannot come back unless they test negatively twice. These same measures will apply to staff members as well.

    If a case of COVID-19 is suspected or identified in a camper or staff member, The Nature Place will alert the Rockland County Health Department. The health department will then trace all contacts and “the State and local health departments may, under their legal authority, implement monitoring and movement restrictions of infected or exposed persons including home isolation or quarantine.”

    If a camper/staff member tests positive, they must enter home quarantine, and the Department of Health will determine the quarantine’s length. 

    If a camper/staff member tests positive, all members of their pod must enter home quarantine as directed by the health department, who will communicate guidelines for when they can return to camp.

    With all of this, we ask that families and staff err on the side of caution.


    In the case of a Parent/Guardian or Household Member:

    Please read the following from the State Guidelines, regarding protocols that would be followed if a parent/guardian of a camper exhibits symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19:

    “In the event that a parent/guardian of a camper must be isolated because they have tested positive for, or exhibited symptoms of, COVID-19, the parent/ guardian must be advised that they cannot enter the site for any reason, including picking up their child.

    If the parent/guardian – who is a member of the same household as the child/camper – is exhibiting signs of COVID-19 or has been tested and is positive for the virus, utilize an emergency contact authorized by the parent to come pick up the child. As a “close contact,” the child/camper must not return to the child care or day camp for the duration of the quarantine.

    If the parent/guardian– who is a member of the same household as the child/camper – is being quarantined as a precautionary measure, without symptoms or a positive test, staff should walk out or deliver the child/camper to the parent/guardian at the boundary of, or outside, the premises. As a “contact of a contact” the child/camper may return to the child care or day camp during the duration of the quarantine.

    If a child/camper or their household member becomes symptomatic for COVID-19 and/or tests positive, the child must quarantine and may not return or attend the child care or day camp program until after quarantine is complete.

    Please note that due to the extraordinary nature of this summer, we will not issue refunds or credits for any camp time missed. This includes camp missed due to illness, any precautionary quarantine, or due to any partial or full closure of camp.

  19. Swim
  20. The Pond will be divided into sections, ensuring that the groups that are at the waterfront together during a period do not come in direct contact with one another. Face coverings will not be worn by campers in The Pond. Because of the need for static groups, we will not be offering swim lessons in our traditional format, where campers from multiple groups came together to form swim groups. Rather, we will attempt to offer more informal, one-on-one mini swim lessons within the static group of 10. When not involved in a mini lesson, campers will enjoy free swim. We feel the most important thing is for campers to be in the water, cooling off, playing, gaining comfort, and improving skills where possible!

  21. Food
  22. In order to minimize risk we will not provide snacks this summer. Campers will bring their own snacks for snack time each day. Regarding lunch, families are given the option to pack lunch or purchase an individually packed lunch from the Threefold Cafe.

  23. Overnights and Day Hikes
  24. In keeping with the guidelines and maintaining the lowest risk possible, we will be forgoing our offsite camping program for the summer. We are excited that we will still be able to offer onsite overnights for individual pods, where campers will be assigned their own non-shared tent and will bring their own food. We are also happy to report that we still plan to embark on off-site Day Hikes, to get our campers exploring new environs and adventuring once again!

  25. Visitors, Venders, and You
  26. We are required to prohibit non-essential visitors on our site this summer. Any pick-ups and deliveries will be made in a designated location away from campers and staff. There will be a designated ingress and egress on the perimeter of camp for parents/guardians picking up/dropping off their camper outside of regular arrival and dismissal times, i.e. parents/guardians will not be permitted onsite. 

    In an extenuating circumstance where a visitor absolutely must come on site, temperature checks and screenings will be conducted.

Are you on board for Summer 2020?

We can't wait to see you!
Worm summoning

Previous Communications

Camp Intentions Survey | 6.4.2020

Dear Nature Place Friends and Family,

As you may have heard, Governor Cuomo announced on Tuesday that day camps can open this summer. Though we were excited to get some news (!), this announcement contained no details, and it’s the details that will determine whether we can actually open camp.

As we await pending guidance from the state and local departments of health, we are wanting to get a pulse on where our camp families are with their own decisions, so we can assess viability and feasibility.

The survey below went out to all recently enrolled families yesterday, and we are now sending it to our mailing list to ensure that anyone interested/considering camp for this summer is on our radar!

This survey is for you if you’re planning to enroll (but haven’t yet), or are seriously considering enrolling (but waiting for further information on procedures and protocols).

Please complete this short survey about your status for this summer by Saturday, June 6th.

Knowing how many families might be on board will be a critical piece of information for us in this process.

Thank you so much in advance for your help with this and for your ongoing support!

With hope for a safe, joyful, connecting camp season,

Daniel

Summer Camp Update | 5.23.2020

Dear Nature Place Friends and Family,

I hope this email finds you well and enjoying some of this week’s invigorating sunshine and uplifting breezes! The air has certainly taken on a different quality, and the notes of summer seem to rise from every bird’s call. We know that camp is moving into the forefront of folks’ minds and of the national conversation, and that everyone is hungry for some news. We’re here to provide a few updates on where we currently stand.

First: a big thank you to our camp community for all of your messages of continued support! We’ve been working around the clock attempting to prepare for camp amidst all of the unknowns, and it feels so special to know that you are rooting for us, regardless of whether or not we can have camp this summer.

Over this past week, two essential bodies of information were published to advise camps on how we can operate safely this summer, and these have further informed and focused our efforts:

As some may know, the American Camp Association and Y-USA enlisted the independent environmental health consulting firm Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (EH&E) to devise guidance for camp directors. Over the past two months EH&E convened experts and specialists “in pediatric medicine, camp medicine and nursing, epidemiology, infectious disease management, biological safety, industrial hygiene, organizational design, and other technical specialties” to create these guidelines, which were released this past weekend. We’ve poured over the extensive 82 page document that covers mitigation efforts for every aspect of camp life; attended multiple Town Hall meetings with EH&E’s expert panel; and met with many fellow camp directors from our region over the week to examine and discuss how these guidelines can be implemented.

The other body of information that came out is guidance specifically for camps from the CDC. We joined a webinar with the CDC for camp directors this week, where we were able to have clarifying questions about this guidance answered. The CDC considerations, combined with the even more stringent set of recommendations put out by EH&E, comprises a comprehensive resource for us to work from.

At this time, we are carefully and thoroughly considering all of the available information we now have in order to determine whether we can be prepared to facilitate a safe experience for our campers and staff. If we arrive at the conclusion that we can do so (and are given the go ahead), we will communicate all of our specific measures and plans with our camp families, as your partnership will be crucial. It may not be easy, and camp would look different from how it usually does, but we welcome the opportunity to face such a challenge together.

Though we are engaged in our own process, the decision on whether camps can operate ultimately rests with the Governor and our local Department of Health. They will decide whether it is safe for camps to open, and will create further guidelines if deemed necessary. We are hoping to hear a decision about this by the end of the month, and we trust that this period of decision-making indicates a very careful consideration on their part. We are so grateful for your continued patience throughout this situation.

An article published in The Atlantic yesterday sums up the ‘why’ behind our resolve to continue exploring the possibility of camp’s feasibility: camp is more important than ever for children, whose mental, social, and emotional health depends on the experiences that camps are in a unique position to provide. They need to play in the fresh air with friends, to walk in the woods, and to know that the people and places they love are there for them. If we can do so safely, we know how impactful it would be to provide this for our Nature Place families.

Finally, if camp opens this summer, each family will have to make their own decision about sending their children to camp. You know what’s best for your family. We will provide all of the information we can to help give you the most complete picture of what you’d be signing up for this summer. We will support your decision either way and will be happy to field any question that might help you make the decision that is right for your family.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out, and look to hear from us by the end of the month.

Enjoy this beautiful long weekend,

Daniel

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,

Daniel

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

Friends,

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