2019 Summer Program

2019 Turtleback Farm Summer Program

Dates available:

Aug 26-30  Wickham’s Fruit Farm  (Cutchogue) – Archaeology Week: Native American Culture and archaeology basics will be explored near a former Native American encampment site (fire building, pottery, shellfish study, survival skills, and more). ***This week is best for children ages 8 and up.  (2 spots available)

Dedicated to enriching the lives of North Fork youth, we incorporate sports, games, art, writing, wildlife conservation projects and more into our programs. This program is place-based and nature-based with each theme integrated into the majority of the activities. We also incorporate basic outdoor skills (fire and shelter building), native plant and insect studies, animal tracking, carpentry, gardening, animal husbandry, chess, and orienteering. The child-teacher ratio is 10:1 with one or two CIT’s per group. The maximum number of children accepted into this program per week is 10.  Campers bring a bagged lunch, snack, and water bottle. This action-packed program is geared for kids ages 7-10, but we accept younger siblings ages 5 and 6 going into Kindergarten who can keep up with their older siblings.

Our CIT (Counselor in Training) Program is for tweens entering grades 6-7 who’ve participated in our past programs and enjoy guiding and nurturing children and being helpful. 

This program is designed to enrich the lives of youth through a myriad of experiential hands-on activities, socialization, and cooperative activities. Please Note: Electronic Devices are not permitted at this summer program!

The 2019 Summer Program will take place at several locations in the Cutchogue-Southold area. Mondays-Fridays, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, $300 per week, $275 for CIT’s and siblings. A 50% deposit is required when registering. The balance is due one month prior to start date of the week registered. Payments may be made via cash, check, or Venmo. Checks are mailed to Turtleback Farm, PO BOX 288, Peconic, NY 11958. Credit Cards are accepted but there is a 3% charge.

Enrollment Limit is 10 participants plus 1-2 CIT’s per week

Summer Program Locations:
1) The Old Field Vineyards,  59600 Main Road, Southold, NY 11971 (Fields, Pond, Seashore, Farm Animals)
The Old Field Vineyards is a 22 acre historic family farm located off Main Road in Southold, situated on Peconic Bay. Here we will explore the vineyard’s historic buildings, fields, freshwater pond, farm animals, and bayfront shoreline.
2) Wickham’s Fruit Farm, Cutchogue, NY 11935 *Drop off location to be disclosed to registrants (Fields, Pond, Marsh, Seashore)
Wickham’s Fruit Farm is a 300 acre historic bicentennial family-run farm dating from 1661. This beautiful farm has more than 200 acres of fruit trees … There are fresh water ponds, brackish creeks, and forest edges to explore.
3) The Cross Farm aka Environmentals Plant Nursery, 22275 Main Road, Cutchogue 11935 (Fields, Landscaped Woodland, Ponds, Pool, Farm Animals)
The Cross Farm (aka Cutchogue Environmentals) is a 30 acre plant nursery consisting of various habitats including woodlands, fields, and freshwater ponds, making it an ideal location for environmental studies. There are is also an enclosed animal area chock-full of chickens, geese, rabbits, goats, frogs and koi fish. It is located just west of Pellegrini Vineyards in Cutchogue.


Enrichment: We will explore other studies outside of our themes as enrichment including survival skills, chess, baking, art, poetry, archery, and more, catered to the interests of the participants each week. Please be sure to include your child’s interests on the form, thank you!

Summer Program Fees: 
$300 per participant
$275 for CIT’s (Counselors in Training)
$275 for sibling registered in the same week
$200 1/2 day 9 am – 12 noon for weeks of July 29 and August 5 only
Payments may be made via check, cash, Venmo, or credit card. Credit card payments will have an additional charge of 3%. Checks should be made out to Turtleback Farm. Completed Forms and checks should be mailed to PO Box 288 Peconic NY 11958.
Updates may be found on Instagram, Facebook, and our website turtlebackfarm.com.
Please email Jennifer at turtlebackfarmer@gmail.com for more information.
July 15-19 The Old Field Vineyards (Southold) – Birds of Prey: This special week we explore adaptations of our local raptors, observe an active Osprey nest with a spotting scope, dissect an owl pellet, learn about the return of the Bald Eagle, and meet live raptors.
July 22-26 The Cross Farm (Cutchogue) FULL Return of the River Otter: Campers will learn about the special adaptations of the River Otter, learn about their Natural History on Long Island, play like otters, look for signs of river otters, and more!
July 29 – August 2 The Cross Farm (Cutchogue) – Canine Week: Wolves, Coyotes, and Fox (Long Island’s wild canines, past and present) Participants will learn about the native canines of Long Island, including the lesser known elusive gray fox, the return of the Eastern Coyote, and the Eastern Timber Wolf that is no longer found here.
August 5-9 The Cross Farm  (Cutchogue) FULL – Pond Life Week: Turtles, Frogs, Dragonflies…  Campers will discover the adaptations and life cycles of the many different species of animals that reside at the Cross Farm freshwater ponds. We will use nets and observation tanks. Be prepared to get wet!

Aug 12-16 The Old Field Vineyards  (Southold) FULL – Seashore Studies: We will explore the 600 feet of bay shoreline to get to know all of the Peconic Bay wildlife living within the intertidal zone and beyond using nets, observation tanks, and snorkel masks.

Aug 19 Wickham’s Fruit Farm (Cutchogue) FULL Peconic Bay Estuary Week: Freshwater to Saltwater to the Brackish water in between, understanding the important parts to our special biosphere. From horseshoe crabs to great blue herons, we will work as scientists to learn about conserving this unique place we call home. (***This week is best for kids ages 8 and up)