2019 Summer Program

2019 Summer Program “The Comeback Kids”

This summer we will be exploring the exciting return of the following species to the North Fork: the Bald Eagle, the Eastern Coyote, and the River Otter. We will also be focusing on other species listed as “special concern” or “threatened” by the DEC or lesser known, elusive species.

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 with each theme integrated into the activities. We also incorporate survival skills, native plant and insect studies, animal tracking, carpentry, gardening, animal husbandry, chess, and orienteering. The child-teacher ratio is 8:1 with one or two CIT’s per group. The maximum number of children accepted into this program per week is 15.  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 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 July 1st. Checks are mailed to Turtleback Farm, PO BOX 288, Peconic, NY 11958.

Dates available:

June 24-28 Location TBA 

July 1-5 Location TBA – Saw-whet Owl & Short-eared Owl

July 8 Location TBA (Cutchogue) – Gray Fox

July 15 The Old Field Vineyards (Southold) – Osprey

July 22 The Cross Farm (Cutchogue) – River Otter

July 29 The Cross Farm (Cutchogue) – Eastern Coyote

Aug 5 The Cross Farm  (Cutchogue) – Spadefoot Toad

Aug 12 The Old Field Vineyards  (Southold) – Bald Eagle

Aug 19 Wickham’s Fruit Farm (Cutchogue) – Diamondback Terrapin

Aug 26 Wickham’s Fruit Farm  (Cutchogue) – Bobwhite Quail

Pre-register Here!


The Cross Farm is a 30 acre former 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.

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.

Please email Jennifer at turtlebackfarmer@gmail.com for more information.