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 one-of-a-kind camp offers some traditional camp activities in a nature-setting such as swim (Nature Place’s “pond” has an actual sandy beach), drama in the woods, art using materials from nature, canoeing, hiking, and non-competitive, active games that focus on teamwork. Their more specific nature-based programming gives campers the opportunity to take advantage of the 200-acre property and explore the camp’s organic gardens and farm, get hands-on experience with both wild animals (think chinchillas, foxes, and snakes) and domestic animals (horses, cows, and chickens), hang out in teepees and cook with fresh, locally grown ingredients. Plus, their experienced, warm and caring staff will make your child feel right at home. (285 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY, 845-356-6477, ages 4–16, Camp runs from July 2–August 10, 2–week additional farm program from August 13–August 17, 9am–4pm, before and after care available, Open house on February 4, pricing starts at $2,775 for 3 weeks, sibling discounts available, busing is available from specific Bergen locations at an additional cost
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) which gets campers outside planting and harvesting crops and then creating fresh food in their commercial kitchen is a winner with kids. Add in the crafts, sports, yoga and scavenger hunts and prepare for big smiles at pickup. Little ones, ages 5-8, 9-12 & 13-15 Camps run from June 18–August 31, 9am–3pm, pricing starts at $645/week. Summer seedlings for ages 3-5 is also offered once per week.
Be a chef: June 18-June 22 // July 23-July 27 // August 20- August 24
Be food scientist: June 25-June 29 // August 6-August 10
Be a green: July 2 - July 6 // August 13- August 17
Be a farmer: July 9-July 13 // July 30- August 3
Be an adventurer: July 16-July 20
Be a healthy kid: August 27- August 31
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 “Mad Scientist”, “Animal Superheroes”, and “Captain Planet” and 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 25–August 31, 9am–3:30pm, mini-day and extended day available, starts at $350/week for full day and $200/week for half day)