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. (285 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY, 845-356-1234, Camp runs from July 5 - August 12)
HealthBarn USA Summer Camp Adventurous eaters and food enthusiasts get hands-on (and mouths-on) fun at HealthBarn Summer Camp (ages 5-12) and Summer Seedlings (ages 3-5). Limited to 24 campers each week, HealthBarn’s intimate program gets campers outside planting and harvesting crops and then creating fresh food in their commercial kitchen with a garden-to-fork experience. Each week has a theme and culminates in a Friday Finale that could include your child "opening" their own restaurant or farm stand. Weeks include lots of cooking, organic gardening and environmental activities. (1057 Hillcrest Road, Ridgewood; 201-444-2955; camp runs from June 27 - September 1)
Tenafly Nature Center Nature Day Camp 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, with all activities happening outdoors. 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, camp runs weekly from June 27–September 2)
Closter Nature Center With more than 136 acres of ponds, streams and forests, campers learn to nurture nature at Closter Nature Center’s summer camp. The outdoor program lets campers hike, dig and wade it the water, while learning about all of their discoveries they find along the way. (154 Ruckman Rd., Closter, 201-750-2778, firstname.lastname@example.org, camp runs from June-August)
Abma's Farm Kids ages 5-10 get their hands dirty in this fun and educational program at the farm. Gardening, farming, animal and environmental education are all part of the program, which also uses the farm's greenhouses and vegetable fields. Each week, campers will have the opportunity to visit the animals in the barnyard, make take-home projects, and conduct experiments while spending time outside and meeting new friends. (700 Lawlins Rd., Wyckoff, 201-891-0278, camp runs from July 11-August 19)
Brookhollow's Barnyard Camp Home to plenty of farm animals including alpacas, goats and bunnies, this popular farm is offering two camps for the summer. The half-day Speckled Chicks camp for pre-schoolers ages 3-5 and full-day Spotted Cows camp for ages 6-12 is perfect for kids who love animals, nature and life on the farm. During the day, kids will enjoy nature hikes, gardening, crafts, sandbox play, water balloons and of course, helping to care for the animals. (301 Rockaway Valley Rd., Boonton, 973-917-3060, camp runs for 4 weeks between June 27-August 19)