Nature camps have implemented health and safety measures like temperature checks, distancing, capacity limits and mask wearing to ensure your child has a healthy and fun summer. And since the odds of outdoor transmission of COVID-19 is so much less than indoors, these programs are a safer choice. Check each program for additional details.
Here's our list of Westchester County nature summer camps where kids can get in touch with the natural world, discover the magic of the earth and experience all of its amazing creatures and bounties! These camps offer flexibility with short sessions, and in some cases partial days, so find the one that is right for you. Enjoy the great outdoors!
Westchester County Parks is offering a variety of outdoor summer camps and registration is now open! Full details are available on their website.
Boys and girls entering grades Pre-K through nine can explore and discover the natural environment of Westchester County with fun, hands-on experiences at our nature centers. Each camp will focus on different aspects of nature and teach youngsters about animals, insects, plants and more with a new theme each week.
Camps will operate outdoors, safely under New York State COVID-19 guidelines. A maximum of 10 campers permitted in each group; six per Pre-K group. Face masks are mandatory and social distancing protocols will be followed at all times.
One and two-week sessions are offered beginning Monday, July 5 through Friday, Aug. 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Pre-K operating as a half-day from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the following locations.
- Cranberry Lake Preserve, North White Plains
- Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Rye
- Lenoir Nature Preserve, Yonkers
- Marshlands Conservancy, Rye
- Muscoot Nature Camp and Young Farmers Camp
- Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River
99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale, NY
The Greenburgh Nature Center is offering two camps this summer July 6th-August 27th. First, the Naturalist School is for children entering K-1st. Kids can become a mini Naturalist at their Naturalist School! Children will be able to enrich their traditional school year curriculum with exciting and educational programming in a fun and safe environment. Their own expert Naturalist Educators will lead and inspire kids through STEAM-influenced nature activities to expand their point of view.
Their second camp is Summer Nature PODs for children entering 1st-4th. Budding nature lovers can enjoy small group experiences that have all the fun of their typical camp experience along with educational aspects of STEAM learning. PODs are designed to meet the guidelines required during this pandemic and allow your children to safely explore, discover, and connect with our natural world. Each week, kids will participate in engaging, STEAM influenced activities supervised by their Naturalists.
285 Hungry Hollow Rd, Chestnut Ridge, NY
If you are looking for a nature-oriented, non-competitive summer day camp for children ages 5-15 this may bet your place! Located on 200 beautiful acres in Rockland County, they offer offer a 5-week-long camp experience from July 5 – August 6, 2021 and a single week option from August 9th to the 13th. Outdoor play, adventure, and hands-on experience in nature is the heart of their camp. Activities include swimming, hiking, canoeing, Earth art, farming, cooking and more! Busing from Westchester is available. Registration is open!
1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining, NY
Teatown Lake Reservation offers their Natural Science Summer Day Camp every summer for kids ages 4-14. This camp brings kids outside to learn about and explore the natural world on their 1,000-acre preserve. In four two-week sessions, age-specific activities encourage the spirit of discovery! The camp's mission is to provide a safe, non-competitive summer haven where kids can be kids. Children spend their days learning by exploring, discovering new things about themselves, each other and the earth, and developing friendships and respect for all living things. Please visit their website or call 914-762-2912 to learn more.
260 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Mount Kisco, NY
At Westmoreland, they strongly believe in student-led, experiential learning. Their outdoor, hands-on nature camps will foster a lasting curiosity and passion for nature in your child. Campers learn about wildlife, environmental science, and develop a lifelong love for the outdoors. All of their camps are run by our professional Naturalists and are kept to a 1:10 staff to camper ratio or less. Registration is now open!
Kids ages 7-14 can explore the many wonders that nature has to offer at Nature Explorers Camp. Naturalists will encourage campers to follow their interests in wildlife, the outdoors, and the environment. This camp is perfect for curious free-thinkers and nature lovers. Kids ages 10-16 can sign up for Survive the Wild Camp— for those who love the outdoors, emergency preparedness and wilderness survival skills are essential. Naturalists will teach campers how to navigate and understand our natural environment.
Rye Nature Center
873 Boston Post Rd., Rye, NY
Sheldrake Environmental Center
685 Weaver St., Larchmont, NY