2019 Turtleback Farm Summer Program
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. (2 spots available)
Aug 12 The Old Field Vineyards (Southold) FULL- Seashore Studies: We will explore the 600 feet of bay shoreline to get to know all of our Peconic Bay wildlife using nets, observation tanks, and snorkel masks. (2 spaces available) 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)
Aug 26 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.
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
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!