The Nature School

The Nature School

This outdoor education enrichment program for homeschooled children is designed to run throughout the school calendar year. This is our second year after a few years of successful nature-based outdoor family and summer programs. This year, we have partnered up with North Fork Audubon Society and we will be based at the Roy Latham Nature Center at Inlet Pond County Park in Greenport.

The Nature School, which is separate from our regular programs, is currently scheduled for 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for ages 7-12. We will have month-long themes. Participants may sign up for one or more days per week. We start September 14th!

Our program strives to meet the NYS and national standards. We incorporate art, writing, and math into our science programs. Conservation and citizen-science projects are an important part of our curriculum.

Please email Jennifer for more information at, thank you!


We hope everyone is well and enjoying the beautiful June weather. We will be running our summer program in small groups of ten children or less, exclusively outdoors, with social distancing and safe hygienic protocols. The program will now run Monday-Thursday 9 am – 1 pm, $250 per week per child. Forecasted thunderstorms will cancel the day, using Friday as a make-up. Per diem rates are not being offered this summer.

All weeks are full at this time. We may open up more slots for August if July goes well, and folks successfully adhere to social distancing. We hope to continue our program through the end of August. Wait=lists are available for any cancellations.


Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, all programs are cancelled until further notice.

Our community is following the social distancing guidelines to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. We encourage you to still enjoy the outdoors as much as possible with your family whether it is watching birds in your garden or taking a walk. Spring is here and there is much to observe and enjoy. Check our Facebook page for suggested daily outdoor or Nature-related activities. You can also message us for ideas, to ask questions if you have trouble identifying something you find in Nature, or simply to let us know when you see a plant emerge or an Osprey return to a nesting platform.

Winter 2020 Update


We are delighted to announce that the North Fork Audubon Society (NFAS) is taking Turtleback Farm Programs under its wing! Both organizations engage the North Fork community towards conservation action through environmental stewardship, ”community scientist” (aka citizen science) projects, exploration, and education. The Eastern End of Long Island is an Audubon-designated Important Bird Area. Together, TBF and NFAS will continue to work towards protecting birds and their habitats.

Our home base will be located at the Roy Latham Nature Center at Inlet Pond County Park in Greenport, the home of the North Fork Audubon Society. Although many of our programs will take place at the Nature Center (aka The Red House), we will continue to run programs at various host sites as we have in the past. As of February 14th, all program registration will be through the NFAS. Although we will post programs and events here, please refer to their website for additional program information. North Fork Audubon Society 


Although it will not be required, we encourage the TBF community to become members of the North Fork Audubon Society. Members will receive discounts on all programs, with some programs free for members. We will hold events for members, like Birds & Bagels, a weekend morning meet-up for bagels followed by birding activities. Members may also receive discounts at the annual native plant sale and other retail-related fund-raisers. The Annual Membership is $25 for Individuals and $30 for Families. BECOME A MEMBER


Saturday, February 8th, 4:30-6:30 pm, Family Full Moon Night Hike & Owl Prowl 

Saturday, February 15th, 10:00-12:00, Birds & Bagels: Great Backyard Bird Count

Sunday, February 16th, 10:00-12:00, Young Birders Club: Great Backyard Bird Count

Tuesday February 18th – Thursday February 20th, Winter Program for ages 5-12, 9:00-1:00 @ Roy Latham Nature Center

Saturday, February 29th, 10 am – 12 noon, BWQ Restoration Project, New Suffolk – Volunteers Needed! 

Saturday, March 21st, Vernal Equinox and Return of the Osprey Celebration (2nd Annual) 

Turtleback Farm & Education Center

WINTER 2019 

Winter Solstice Celebration Saturday, December 21st, 4:30-5:45 pm, Southold, Join us for our first annual Winter Solstice Celebration as we welcome the longer days to come with warmth and light. Drumming, bonfire, night hike and activities, hot cocoa and cookies! This event is for all ages, suggested donation is $5 per person.

Science & Nature Programs are offered throughout the year to families, home schooling groups, and girl scout troops. School Holiday and School Break Programs for upper primary aged students are also available.

The Nature School: Cutchogue 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesdays. Fridays will be added soon. This outdoor educational enrichment program is designed to run each week during the school calendar year. The Nature School, which is separate from our regular programs, is an “outdoor school” focusing on Science, Math, Art, Writing, Conservation, and Environmental Stewardship. 

Young Birders Club Budding Ornithologists explore the basics of bird anatomy, song, behavior, field identification, and the natural history of local species. Binoculars are recommended but not required. Participants should be comfortable with hiking and being outdoors in all seasons. Next meeting is Saturday January 18th. Spittlebugs Nature Awareness Program Morning Nature Exploration Series for Ages 3-5 and their caregivers (ages 18 months to age 7 welcome) starts back up in the Spring of 2020!

Saturday Afternoon Family Nature Hikes Next hike is Saturday January 11th for full moon night hike and owl prowl.

DOWN THE ROAD Summer Program: To learn about our weeklong summer programs, please visit the Summer Program page. Monday-Friday, 9 am – 2 pm. Different host locations throughout the North Fork from Cutchogue to Southold. This enrichment program thematically integrates science, art, writing, games, cooperative activities, nature awareness, and more.

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Saturday, January 11th, 11:00 am: Join us as we stand with Lea on January 11th at the Riverhead Aquarium as she creates change for our planet. #bethechange #youthforclimate #onelove

Campers observing a box turtle on the first day of camp in 2017.