Ed in The Journal News

Ed Bieber has been leading kids in the outdoors for decades, introducing about a quarter million kids to the wonders of nature, and making our mission at The Nature Place a reality every single day. As many of you know, Ed is currently undergoing brain surgery that could reduce and reverse some symptoms of his Parkinson’s disease, which, recently, have been keeping him from fully doing that which he most loves. This week, The Journal News published a wonderful article about Ed’s journey as an outdoor educator, the surgery, and what he hopes to do as soon as he’s recovered. Take a look here.

Maple Sugaring was Sweet

We had a terrific time tapping trees at our maple sugaring program! The sap was flowing (the cold weather gave us a slow, steady drip), the outside fire boiling our sap provided a welcomed break from the cold, and the pairing of hot syrup on ice alongside a dill pickle was a delectable match made in maple heaven.

Danny DeVito

This song is one of these odd, beautiful things that comes out of The Nature Place Day Camp. Be sure to share it with your camper, and be prepared for them to sing along! Composing credit goes to Colin, Peter, Alex, and Snoopy.

This version comes to us from camper Brian Louis and his dad, Scott, accompanying him on guitar.

Early Bird Enrollment

The early bird gets the worm!

We’re already planning for next summer, 2014, and as this fantastic summer ends we’re giving you the chance to plan ahead too. Signing up for 4, 5, or 6 weeks as an early bird (paying in full by October 1st) saves you 10% off our regular tuition price, and that’s a worm worth getting!

Bergen/Rockland Early Bird Enrollment Contract 2014
NYC Early Bird Enrollment Contract 2014
Westchester Early Bird Enrollment Contract 2014


It’s here!
Check out our Gear page, just in time for camp: Flashlights, whistles, hats, special-edition T-shirts, fleeces, sweatshirts…you name it. We’re super excited to be launching our newest adventure!

Go to the ‘Gear’ tab of our website to see new and useful Nature Place products

Climbing at Camp

Climbing at camp

We have a new addition to camp this summer, geared especially toward some of our older groups. Monkey hardware is basically a portable climbing wall that uses secure rachet straps to put climbing holds up trees. Using a belaying system, climbers ascend in harnesses and helmets. We’ve just spent three days doing low and high ropes course training to prepare for this exciting addition to our summer programming. Climbing at camp will be especially practical for our oldest group, before they go climbing during week six on actual rock face in the Shawangunk Mountains!

What Color is the Wind

Ed’s book, What Color is the Wind?,  just got picked up by Acorn Naturalists, in our estimation the largest and most reputable supplier of all things outdoor-education related. Beyond this exciting development, they provided a great review:

“This combination field guide and journal is absolutely packed with creative ideas for enjoying nature with children ages 6-14. Distills the author’s 40 years of experience as a mentor naturalist/educator into seasonal activities geared toward encouraging a sense of wonder. Offers a refreshing, truly hands-on approach to getting children to connect with the natural world. Filled with ideas and tips for parents, naturalists, outdoor educators and camp leaders alike.”  

If you don’t have one already, you can get your copy of What Color is the Wind? by visiting You can also ‘like’ Ed’s book on Facebook, by visiting What Color is the Wind?‘s Facebook page.

Chef Yoko’s summer 2012 Cookbook

Pesto pizza, summer ‘smores, frozen hot chocolate and more! All the recipes from this summer’s cooking program, put together by the Chef herself.

NP Cookbook 2012


Henry’s Flower

At the beginning of the summer we sent out a few mysterious seeds to all campers soon to be attending The Nature Place. One of those seeds turned into this:

Henry’s sunflower

Thanks to Henry D (and family) for growing such a beautiful sunflower, and for sharing the results with us!

Early Bird Enrollment

Our early bird enrollment for summer 2013 is here! A bird might get a worm, you would get 10% off the 2013 total tuition.

How does it work? Go out on a lawn on a damp morning, look for worm holes, cock your head to one side…oh…oops … sorry, you want the tuition information. If you sign up for 4, 5 or 6 weeks and pay in full by October 1, you will receive a 10% discount on your total tuition. Even better than worms!

Go to the camp enrollment tab of our website to get your early bird enrollment form.