Roll up your sleeves and get ready to have a blast. Your nature-loving little one will adore these nature and farm summer camps in and around Bergen County, NJ where exploring is encouraged!
Nature Place Day Camp: Is your little one a true nature lover? This non-competitive, nature-oriented camp offers traditional camp activities along with nature-based programming so campers can take advantage of the 200-acre property and explore the camp’s organic gardens and farm, and get hands-on experience with animals, hang out in teepees and cook with fresh, locally grown ingredients. Plus, one week camp experiences in mid-August will allow kids to experience African drumming, art and an overnight. (285 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY, 845-356-1234, ages 4–16, Camp runs from July 1 - August 9, with one week camp experiences through mid-August)
HealthBarn USA Summer Camp: Farm to table is all the rage, so it makes sense that HealthBarn’s intimate “Farm to Fork” program (limited to 25 kids per week) gets campers outside planting and harvesting crops and then creating fresh food in their commercial kitchen. Each week has a theme and culminates in a Friday Finale that could include your child "opening" a restaurant or farm. Weeks include lots of cooking, organic gardening and environmental activities. (1057 Hillcrest Road, Ridgewood; 201-444-2955; ages 5-15; camp runs from June 17 - August 30)
Tenafly Nature Center: Immerse your child in nature this summer at Tenafly Nature’s expert-run program. Kids will explore the surrounding forests, hike, engage with wildlife, and create nature-inspired crafts. The summer program offers exciting, week-long themes like weather, the seasons, insects, animals, and astronomy. Campers are grouped by age into small groups to maximize learning. (313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly, 201-568-6093, ages 4–14, camp runs weekly from June 24–August 30)